This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol5-6", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
The prickles of this rose are sickle-like. The leaflets are broadly oval, hairy, glandular below. The flowers are rose colour. The sepals are nearly simple. The fruit is nearly rounded, aciculate, as are the flower-stalks, and small. The styles are densely hairy or woolly. This species is allied to R. mol-lissima, Willd., of which it has been regarded as a variety.
The prickles of this species are strongly curved, slender. The leaflets are inversely egg-shaped, thinly hairy, glandless below, with very sharp double teeth. The flower-stalk is short, naked.
The habitat of this plant is hedges, thickets, bushy places. The plant is a small, suberect bush, with erect or arching, compact branches, with many prickles, stout at the base, scattered, the largest hooked, the smaller unequal, awl-like, straight, with glandular hairs and bristles. The leaflets are doubly toothed, densely glandular below, hairless or thinly hairy below, sweet-scented, downy below. The sepals are glandular, pinnate, somewhat persistent. The flowers are 1-3, rose colour. The flower-stalks are hairy, and' the styles also hairy. The fruit is nearly round, egg-shaped, or oblong, pear-shaped at first, with a very small disk, and ripe in October. The plant is 3-6 ft. high, flowering in June and July, and is a deciduous shrub.
The habitat of this species is hedges and thickets. The stem is suberect, with long, loose, arched branches. The foliage is scarcely scented. The leaflets are rounded below, small, pointed, hairless above, densely glandular below, doubly toothed, hairy in the veins below. The prickles are uniform. The flowers are few, pale, the sepals falling, densely glandular, with a leafy point and 1-2 leaflets. The flower-stalk is usually hairy. The styles are hairless. The fruit is pitcher-shaped to egg-shaped, scarlet, rounded below, with a disk, ripe in September and October. The plant is 3-6 ft. high, flowering in June and July, and is a deciduous shrub.
The habitat of this rose is heaths and hedges. In this species, placed by Mr. Druce under R. obiusifolta, Desv. ( = fomen-tella, Lem.), the leaflets are flat, hairless above, hairy beneath, with obscure glands, larger than in the latter. The leaflets are double-toothed. The bracts are densely fringed with glands, the backs naked. The styles are thinly hairy. The prickles are stout and much hooked. The sepals are naked. The flowers are numerous. The flower-stalk is short, bristly, naked, slightly glandular. The calyx-tube is egg-shaped, naked, the sepals at length spreading or turned back, falling when the fruit ripens.
The habitat of this species is hedges. The leaflets are green, the terminal one large, with simple teeth, soft, grey-green, thinly hairy both sides, downy below, at least on the midrib. The flowers are pink, rather deep. The flower-stalk is naked, as the leaf-stalk. The styles are softly, not very, hairy. The fruit is nearly round, large, egg-shaped. The plant is 3-6 ft. high, flowering in June and July, and is a deciduous shrub.