Rosa luciae (PROSEA)
Rosa luciae Franch. & Rochebr. ex Crép.
- Family: Rosaceae
- Rosa philippinensis Merr.
- Philippines: sibsibit (Bontoc).
Philippines (Luzon), Japan, Taiwan, eastern China and Korea.
In the Philippines the stems are used for binding and fencing. R. luciae is cultivated as an ornamental.
- Suberect to straggling, more or less scandent shrub, up to 4 m tall.
- Stems with 2 prickles under each leaf.
- Leaves imparipinnate, spirally arranged, up to 10 cm long; stipules adnate; petiole up to 2.6 cm long; leaflets 7 or 9, base obtuse to rounded, margin serrate, apex obtuse to acute.
- Inflorescence a terminal raceme or thyrsus, 7-30-flowered.
- Flowers strongly fragrant; sepals 5, up to 7 mm × 3.3 mm; petals 5, white, (broadly) obovate, up to 18 mm × 11 mm.
- Fruit a hypanthium (hip), bluish-black, enclosing 1-seeded achenes.
R. luciae is found in thickets, in the Philippines at altitudes of 1200-1700 m. Several varieties are distinguished and hybrids occur of R. luciae and R. multiflora Thunb., the latter grown as an ornamental in Java and elsewhere.
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M. Brink, P.C.M. Jansen & C.H. Bosch