Rosa canina L.

Dog Rose

Sp. Pl. 491 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect shrub to c. 3 m high; stems with sturdy curved prickles to c. 10 mm long, glabrescent. Leaves deciduous, pinnate, 5–7-foliolate; leaflets ovate to obovate or elliptic, mostly 15–40 mm long, 10–20 mm wide, base rounded, apex acute, margins serrate, both surfaces more or less glabrous, eglandular; stipules eglandular, margins with gland-tipped hairs. Flowers single or in few-flowered terminal corymbs; peduncles more or less glabrous, not prickly. Outer sepals often pinnatifid, eglandular, strongly reflexed after flowering; petals 5, obovate to suborbicular, 8–20 mm long, emarginate, white or pinkish; stamens and styles numerous, styles free, protruding. Hip ovoid to globose, to c. 15 mm long, glabrous, dark red, sepals not persistent. Flowers Oct.–Nov.

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *MuF, *NIS, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Naturalised all States except NT. Native of Europe. Currently known from relatively few collections in western and northern Victoria, mostly along roadsides or near abandoned habitations.

See note under Rosa rubiginosa.

Source: Jeanes, J.A.; Jobson, P.C. (1996). Rosaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Rosa
Higher taxa
species Rosa canina L.


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Rosa canina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rosa canina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory