Shillong Climbing Rose
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Shillong Climbing Rose
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Shillong Climbing Rose
Botanical name: Rosa longicuspis    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)

Shillong Climbing Rose is a robust climber up to 6 m or more, with stiff shining, almost evergreen leaves and red-purple young shoots. Leaflets are 3-7, narrowly ovate to lanceshaped or elliptic more or less net-veined, leathery, green beneath, smooth, 5-10 cm long. Flowers are white, about 5 cm across, sweetly scented, from narrowly ovoid buds, in a panicle of up to 15. Sepals are 5, deciduous, lanceshaped, 0.8-1.2 cm, both surfaces velvety, tip long pointed. Petals are 5, fragrant, silky on the back. Flower-stalks and hips often glandular and hairy. Hips are ovoid, 1.5-2 cm long. Shillong Climbing Rose is native of the eastern Himalayas from Assam, Meghalaya to Yunnan, China, growing among thickets and among rocks, at altitudes of 400-2700 m, Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Rose Garden, Ooty.
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