Shrubs with Compound Leaves )
Rose Family (Rosaceae)
Habitat: Eastern Slope Montane
Height: Up to 2 m
Description: Alberta's provincial flower, the prickly rose can be seen along most of our roadways and trails. It may grow as high as 2 m, and has pink, 5 petaled flowers, 4-5 cm in diametre, with a yellow centre. The leaves are coarsely toothed compound leaves with 5 or 7 leaflets. Each leaflet is 2-5 cm long. They join the twig in an alternate arrangement. The rose hip replaces the flower in August. It is a thick, hard, red bulbous growth. The far end has the remains of the flower, looking like several bracts.
It can be distinguished from the common wild rose by its thickly thorned stem. Otherwise, the flowers and leaves are similar.
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