Index of Species Information

SPECIES:  Rosa gymnocarpa


SPECIES: Rosa gymnocarpa
AUTHORSHIP AND CITATION : Reed, William R. 1993. Rosa gymnocarpa. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: [].

ABBREVIATION : ROSGYM SYNONYMS : NO-ENTRY SCS PLANT CODE : ROGY ROGYP COMMON NAMES : baldhip rose wood rose little wild rose dwarf wild rose TAXONOMY : The currently accepted scientific name for baldhip rose is Rosa gymnocarpa Nutt. Recognized varieties are as follows [16,28]: R. gymnocarpa var. gymnocarpa R. gymnocarpa var. pubescens Wats. LIFE FORM : Shrub FEDERAL LEGAL STATUS : No special status OTHER STATUS : NO-ENTRY


SPECIES: Rosa gymnocarpa
GENERAL DISTRIBUTION : Baldhip rose has a range extending from southern British Columbia south to the Sierra Nevada in California and east to western Montana and Idaho [11,14,16]. ECOSYSTEMS : FRES 20 Douglas-fir FRES 21 Ponderosa pine FRES 22 Western white pine FRES 23 Fir - spruce FRES 24 Hemlock - Sitka spruce FRES 25 Larch FRES 26 Lodgepole pine FRES 27 Redwood FRES 29 Sagebrush FRES 34 Chaparral - mountain shrub FRES 35 Pinyon - juniper FRES 36 Mountain grasslands STATES : BC CA ID MT OR WA BLM PHYSIOGRAPHIC REGIONS : 1 Northern Pacific Border 2 Cascade Mountains 4 Sierra Mountains 5 Columbia Plateau 8 Northern Rocky Mountains KUCHLER PLANT ASSOCIATIONS : K001 Spruce - cedar - hemlock forest K002 Cedar - hemlock - Douglas-fir forest K003 Silver fir - Douglas-fir forest K004 Fir - hemlock forest K005 Mixed conifer forest K006 Redwood forest K007 Red fir forest K008 Lodgepole pine - subalpine forest K010 Ponderosa shrub forest K011 Western ponderosa forest K012 Douglas-fir forest K013 Cedar - hemlock - pine forest K014 Grand fir - Douglas-fir forest K015 Western spruce - fir forest K024 Juniper steppe woodland K029 California mixed evergreen forest K034 Montane chaparral SAF COVER TYPES : 205 Mountain hemlock 206 Engelmann spruce - subalpine fir 207 Red fir 210 Interior Douglas-fir 211 White fir 212 Western larch 213 Grand fir 215 Western white pine 218 Lodgepole pine 219 Limber pine 223 Sitka spruce 224 Western hemlock 225 Western hemlock - Sitka spruce 226 Coastal true fir - hemlock 227 Western redcedar - western hemlock 228 Western redcedar 229 Pacific Douglas-fir 230 Douglas-fir - western hemlock 231 Port-Orford-cedar 232 Redwood 234 Douglas-fir - tanoak - Pacific madrone 237 Interior ponderosa pine 238 Western juniper 239 Pinyon - juniper 243 Sierra Nevada mixed conifer 244 Pacific ponderosa pine - Douglas-fir 245 Pacific ponderosa pine 247 Jeffrey pine SRM (RANGELAND) COVER TYPES : NO-ENTRY HABITAT TYPES AND PLANT COMMUNITIES : Baldhip rose is not listed as a dominant or subdominant species in published classifications. Common associates include dwarf Oregon grape (Mahonia nervosa), salal (Gaultheria shallon), ninebark (Physocarpus malvaceus), oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor), creeping Oregon grape (Mahonia repens), big huckleberry (Vaccinium membranaceum), and thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus) [3,15,20,22].


SPECIES: Rosa gymnocarpa
IMPORTANCE TO LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE : Baldhip rose serves as an important year-round food source for mammals, birds, and insects. Livestock will browse baldhip rose when available [37]. Baldhip rose is considered poor wildlife browse in parts of California [4], but in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, white-tailed deer and mule deer use of baldhip rose has been noted, particularly in burned areas [6,11,21,35]. The fruits (hips) persist throughout the winter, and are eaten by small mammals, birds, and insects [4]. In northern Idaho, ruffed grouse utilized the hips, but infrequently [18]. PALATABILITY : NO-ENTRY NUTRITIONAL VALUE : NO-ENTRY COVER VALUE : NO-ENTRY VALUE FOR REHABILITATION OF DISTURBED SITES : NO-ENTRY OTHER USES AND VALUES : Native Americans utilized the hips and flowers of baldhip rose. The hips are high in vitamin C and are also a source of calcium, phosphorous, and iron [4]. Leaves were often chewed and applied to reduce pain and swelling, and were also used to make tea [14]. Baldhip rose is still used as a food source by the Nuxalk of British Columbia. The wild hips are harvested for food each year from August to October [24]. OTHER MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : Baldhip rose is highly tolerant to browsing by wildlife. Livestock browsing, however, retards the spread of baldhip rose, possibly through rhizome damage from trampling [36,37]. Baldhip rose appears to be little affected by disturbances such as logging or burning [27]. Baldhip rose is not tolerant of excessive frost or harsh winters [7].


SPECIES: Rosa gymnocarpa
GENERAL BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS : Baldhip rose is a native, long-lived, deciduous shrub generally 3 feet (1 m) or less in height; however, heights of 3 to 9 feet (1-3 m) have been reported [11]. The stems are slender with straight prickles. The compound leaves have five to seven leaflets that are 0.5 to 1 inch (1-2.5 cm) long and 0.25 to 0.5 inch (0.6-1.2 cm) wide [4,7,9]. Baldhip rose is rhizomatous and has a shallow root structure [25,26,29,37]. RAUNKIAER LIFE FORM : Phanerophyte Chamaephyte Geophyte REGENERATION PROCESSES : Sexual reproduction: Baldhip rose attains sexual maturity at 3 to 5 years [18]. The seeds are eaten and dispersed by birds and mammals [13,14]. Information on seed viability and germination is lacking. Vegetative reproduction: Baldhip rose sprouts from the root crown and rhizomes [17,25,26,29,36]. SITE CHARACTERISTICS : Baldhip rose occurs predominantly in the low-shrub layer of moist, shaded forests of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. It is generally found at elevations of 5,000 feet (1,500 m) or less. It is well adapted to mesic-coniferous understories and grows best on eastern and southern exposures [20,27,31]. It is found in both mountainous and riparian areas [5]. Baldhip rose is adapted to a variety of moisture conditions but fares better on slightly dry sites [22]. It is adapted to a short growing season. Baldhip rose is found on coarse-textured, well-drained soils such as sandy loams, loamy sands, and cobbly loams [1,3,15,22]. SUCCESSIONAL STATUS : Facultative Seral Species Baldhip rose is shade tolerant; it persists from the initial plant community to climax. It flourishes initially with thinning and opening of the canopy, but then slows in growth [12,19]. Baldhip rose grows in full sunlight but has a higher overall survival rate in the shade [31]. SEASONAL DEVELOPMENT : Baldhip rose flowers in the late spring and early summer [4]. Hips appear at the end of July and remain on the plant throughout the winter [11,24].


SPECIES: Rosa gymnocarpa
FIRE ECOLOGY OR ADAPTATIONS : Baldhip rose is well adapted to low- to medium-severity fires. It sprouts from both root crowns and rhizomes. It is also an off-site colonizer [17,19,26]. POSTFIRE REGENERATION STRATEGY : Small shrub, adventitious-bud root crown Rhizomatous shrub, rhizome in soil Secondary colonizer - off-site seed


SPECIES: Rosa gymnocarpa
IMMEDIATE FIRE EFFECT ON PLANT : Aboveground portions of the plant are killed by fire. Root crowns and underground rhizomes typically survive low- to moderate-severity fires [17,19,26,27,29,33]. Severe fires can cause damage to root crowns, decreasing potential regrowth [13]. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF FIRE EFFECT : NO-ENTRY PLANT RESPONSE TO FIRE : Baldhip rose rapidly recovers following low- to medium-severity fires. Top-killed plants typically sprout vigorously from the root crown or rhizomes [17,19,25,27,29,33]. Seedlings are rarely observed in a burn area [25,29]. No seedlings were present on clearcut 2-year-old burns in a western redcedar/queencup beadlily (Thuja plicata/Clintonia uniflora) habitat type in northern Idaho [26]. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF PLANT RESPONSE : The Research Project Summary Understory recovery after low- and high-intensity fires in northern Idaho ponderosa pine forests provides information on prescribed fire and postfire response of plant community species including baldhip rose. FIRE MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : NO-ENTRY


SPECIES: Rosa gymnocarpa
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