I"ve been an amateur botanist since circa 1997 with a special interest in California native plants. A corollary passion of mine is birding and, like many fellow birders, I keep a Life List of all the bird species that I've observed in my lifetime. So I thought, why not also create a life list for plants I've seen in the field? In addition to California natives, I've also included a smaller list of plants that I've observed and photographed in their native habitats outside of the U.S.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Rosa rubiginosa (Sweet Briar Rose) - Wales, UK
6/6/17 Road from Ffald-y-Brenin to Jabes Vestry (Pontfaen),
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, SW Wales, UK
LIFE LIST NOTES:
COMMON NAME: Sweet Briar Rose
SPECIES: Rosa rubiginosa FAMILY: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
LIFE LIST DATE: 6/6/2017
LOCATION: Road from Ffald-y-Brenin to Jabes Vestry (Pontfaen), Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, SW Wales, UK
From Wildflowers of Britain and Northern Europe by Andrew Cleave & Paul Sterry:
A dense hedgerow shrub bearing many strong, upright stems armed with short, curved thorns and finer bristles. Compound leaves are divided into 5-7 leaflets covered with sweet-smelling glandular hairs. Scented pink flowers grow in clusters of 3. Locally common.