Taxon: Rosa spinosissima L.

Genus: Rosa
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Rosoideae
Tribe: Roseae
Nomen number: 32175
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:491. 1753
Link to protologue:
Comment: Linnaeus included both R. pimpinellifolia and R. majalis in original circumscription, but now typified on element equivalent to R. pimpinellifolia
Name Verified on: 08-Dec-2003 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 08-Dec-2003
Species priority site is: National Arboretum (NA)
Accessions: 9 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Other conspecific taxa:

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Hortus 3; Krussmann, as R. pimpinellifolia; Eur Gard F, as R. pimpinellifolia; Dict Gard, as R. pimpinellifolia>)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Armenia ; Azerbaijan ; Georgia ; Russian Federation-Ciscaucasia Ciscaucasia
    • China: China Xinjiang
    • Middle Asia: Kazakhstan ; Kyrgyzstan
    • Siberia: Russian Federation Altay; Russian Federation-Western Siberia Western Siberia
    • Western Asia: Iran ; Turkey
  • Europe

    • Eastern Europe: Estonia ; Lithuania ; Moldova ; Ukraine
    • Middle Europe: Austria ; Belgium ; Czech Republic ; Germany ; Hungary ; Netherlands ; Poland ; Slovakia ; Switzerland
    • Northern Europe: Denmark ; Iceland ; Ireland ; Norway ; United Kingdom
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania ; Bosnia and Herzegovina ; Bulgaria ; Croatia ; Greece ; Italy ; Macedonia ; Montenegro ; Romania ; Serbia ; Slovenia
    • Southwestern Europe: France

  • Cultivated


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Cafferty & S. & C. E. Jarvis 2002. Typification of Linnaean plant names in Rosaceae (Taxon) 51:543.
  • Davis, P. H., ed. Flora of Turkey and the east Aegean islands. (F Turk)
  • Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 14. Auflage. 1993 (Zander ed14)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 16. Auflage. 2000 (Zander ed16)
  • Euro+Med Editorial Committee Euro+Med Plantbase: the information resource for Euro-Mediterranean plant diversity (on-line resource). (EuroMed Plantbase)
  • Forest Experimental Station, Korea Illustrated woody plants of Korea. (WPl Korea)
  • Gleason, H. A. & A. Cronquist Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada, ed. 2. 1991 (Glea Cron ed2)
  • Komarov, V. L. et al., eds. Flora SSSR. (F USSR)
  • Krüssmann, G. Manual of cultivated broad-leaved trees and shrubs (English translation of Handbuch der Laubgehölze. 1976). 1984 (Krussmann)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. (Hortus 3)
  • Personal Care Products Council International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI)
  • Quézel, P. & S. Santa Nouvelle flore de l'Algerie. (F Alger)
  • Rehder, A. Bibliography of cultivated trees and shrubs. (Rehder)
  • Saakov, S. G. & D. Rieksta 1973. Rozy 40.
  • Scoggan, H. J. The flora of Canada, 4 vol. (F Canada)
  • Steyermark, J. A. Flora of Missouri. (F Missouri)
  • Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. Flora europaea. (F Eur)
  • Walters, S. M. et al., eds. European garden flora. (Eur Gard F)
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. Flora of China (English edition). (F ChinaEng)


Check other web resources for Rosa spinosissima L. :

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Rosa spinosissima 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