Musk Rose
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Musk Rose
ative Photo: Seema Bin Zeenat
Common name: Musk Rose • Hindi: Ban gulab • Oriya: shatapatri • Sanskrit: kubjaka
Botanical name: Rosa moschata    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)

Musk rose is a species of rose which has been in cultivation for long. Its wild origins are uncertain but are suspected to lie in the western Himalayas. It is a shrub up to 3 m tall, with single white 5 cm across flowers in a loose cyme or corymb. The sepals are 2 cm long with slender points. The flowers have a characteristic "musky" scent, emanating from the stamens. The prickles on the stems are straight or slightly curved and have a broad base. The light- or greyish-green leaves have 5 to 7 ovate leaflets with small teeth. The stipules are narrow with spreading, free tips. Small, ovate fruits called hips are borne, turning orange-red in autumn. This species has historically been confused with Himalayan Musk Rose, a closely related, tall-climbing species from the Himalayas that bears flowers in late spring and which possesses a similar, musky scent.

Identification credit: Seema Bin Zeenat Photographed in Rajouri, Jammu & Kashmir.

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