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The Anatomy of a rose ...botany lesson:

Posted by cupshaped_roses 5a (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 7, 07 at 10:26

So often when we want to identify a certain rose we have to know the names of the various parts of rose plant, in order to identify the different characteristics of different classes of roses. If you were or are anything like me you have forgotten all about the botany lessons in school..... . Also I would like to crate a stub on Wikipedia to describe the anatomy of a rose plant and take pictures of the different parts of different classes of roses. It would be a helpful tool for rose growers to identify different classes of roses ...gallicas, damasks, Albas etc. But here are the basic anatomy of a rose plant, so we all know what we are talking about when showing pictures of various parts of a rose plant. It maybe so basic that some of you roll your eyes, but many do not know the names of the the different parts of a rose plant:

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As you can see the rose flower sits on a stem (peduncle) and consists of sepals, petals, stamens (anther + filament), and pistils (stigma + style + ovary). If the stigmas become pollinated with pollen from the anthers, it will become a Hip (the fruit of a rose) which contains the seeds.

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The cane of a rose plant has thorns and leaves and budeyes. A leaf consist of (stipule, petiole, and leaflets). A budeye lies near every point where a leaf is attached to a cane just above the stipule or can be found anywhere on the cane as sleeping budeyes.

Basically rose plants can be grown from seeds, cuttings or budded on a rootstock. Roses grown from seeds or cuttings will be own-root rose plants. A rose cultivar budded on a rootstock are sold as bare root roses.

A bare root rose plant consist of canes, a bud union, a shank, anchor roots and feeder roots see link below:

Since English is not my first language and somewhat limited
I might have left out some important details ... please add these, so we all can learn more about the anatomy of a rose plant. I hope some will find this little lesson helpful.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bare root rose

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RE: The Anatomy of a rose ...botany lesson:

Very helpful, thank you for posting. We never covered roses per se in our biology classes way back when, but did touch on some of this. I had forgotten most of it.

RE: The Anatomy of a rose ...botany lesson:


Isn't the botanically "correct" term "prickles"?

Great idea for a project, best of luck with it!

Below is a link to a basic online rose breeding "class" which you might enjoy.


Here is a link that might be useful: Texas A&M Online Rose Breeding Lessons

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