Rosa luciae Franch. & Rochebr. ex Crep.

Bull. Soc. Roy. Bot. Belgique 10: 324 (1871) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Scrambling or procumbent shrub, to c. 3.5 m high; stems with scattered, often paired, sturdy curved or straight prickles to c. 7 mm long, glabrescent. Leaves sometimes deciduous, pinnate, 5–7(–9)-foliate; leaflets ovate to obovate or elliptic, mostly 10–30 mm long, 7–20 mm wide, base rounded to broadly cuneate, apex obtuse or acute, margins serrate, teeth gland-tipped, both surfaces glabrous, midvein on the lower leaf surface with scattered glands; stipules glabrous, margins fimbriate with dispersed gland-tipped hairs between teeth. Flowers single or in few- to many-flowered terminal corymbs; peduncles glabrescent, sparsely glandular, not prickly. Sepals 5, occasionally pinnatifid, reflexed, margins glandular; petals 5, usually double, obovate, 13–15 mm long, emarginate, white or pink; stamens and styles numerous, styles forming a column, protruding. Hip ovoid to globose, to c. 15 mm long, glabrous or sparsely glandular-pubescent, red to purplish, sepals not persistent. Flowers Nov.–Dec.

*GipP, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *OtP. Also naturalised SA, NSW. Native to China, Japan and Korea. Currently known from only a few locations in moist riparian habitats or weedy roadsides, often near abandoned habituations.

Rosa wichuraiana Crep. is widely regarded as a synonym of R. luciae. The cultivar ‘Dorothy Perkins’ appears to be one of the more commonly grown cultivars of this species, with at least some of the naturalised populations in Victoria referable to this cultivar. 

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-02-08
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Rosa
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Rosa luciae in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rosa luciae in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Otway Plain present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Highlands-Northern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory