Taxon: Rosa multiflora Thunb.

Genus: Rosa
Family: Rosaceae
  Subfamily: Rosoideae
      Tribe: Roseae
Nomen number: 32108
Place of publication: J. A. Murray, Syst. veg. ed. 14:474. 1784 May-Jun (Fl. jap. 214. 1784 Aug)
Comment: for authorship of Thunberg names first published by Murray see comments in Taxon 45:672. 1996 & 46:311-314. 1997
Name Verified on: 15-Feb-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA)
Accessions: 16 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard)
  • Gene sources: graft stock (fide Dict Gard)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Rep NCEPPC; Invasive Pl Spec)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China - Anhui, - Fujian, - Gansu, - Guangdong, - Guangxi, - Guizhou, - Hebei, - Henan, - Hunan, - Jiangsu, - Jiangxi, - Shaanxi, - Shandong, - Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Japan - Hokkaido, - Honshu, - Shikoku; Korea; Taiwan

  • Naturalized:

  • Africa

    • Southern Africa: South Africa
  • Australasia

    • New Zealand: New Zealand
  • Europe

    • Northern Europe: United Kingdom
  • Northern America

    • : Canada; United States

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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  • Botanical Society of the British Isles BSBI taxon database (on-line resource). (BSBI)
  • Campbell, F. T., ed. Report of National Coalition of Exotic Plant Pest Councils. 1995 (unpublished draft) (Rep NCEPPC)
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Check other web resources for Rosa multiflora Thunb. :

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Rosa multiflora cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image