Rose Rosa spp.
Family: Rosaceae (Rose)
This group of plants is very well-known to most people. Several
species are commonly planted in gardens as well as several native
species. They are nearly always thorny and can look quite
similar (though the amount and size of thorns varies greatly).
They also all bear the typical "rose hip" fruit. The native
species are confusing, though a few stand out. All tend to have
red stems and buds, and thin leaf scars that half-encircle the twig
A thorny Rose branch with curved thorns and red buds and stems
A smaller branch, the same species as above
The winter twig of a native Rose (most likely Prickly Rose Rosa acicularis)
Another view of the same plant. Notice the leaf scar half encircling the stem.
Notice the two sizes of thorns. This is common on Roses, as well as Rubus genus and Gooseberries
Roses are usually much thornier near the base of the stem
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