Baldhip Rose is the commonest wild rose on the property at Leaning Oaks. It is unusual for a rose in that is a shade tolerant species. Most roses retain the sepal crown on the bottom of the fruit (in the same way that an apple does), but this species drops this appendage and the small pear shaped fruit is smooth. The latin name, Rosa gymnocarpa refers to this; gymnocarpa means "naked fruit". The leaves can be used to make a rose tea.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.