Plant Form Upright or climbing prickly shrub. Size 1-3 m tall. Stem Upright or arching, smooth and green-reddish brown, to rough and woody with age. With numerous backwards curving prickles just over 1 cm long. Leaves Alternately arranged, 5-7 leaflets combined in oval shape with toothed edges. Flowers Pink to whitish typical rose flowers, with 5 petals surrounding circular centre. Fruit and Seeds Orange-red and smooth to black and shrivelled with age, egg or oval shaped with bristles at base. Habitat Grassland, woodland, gullies, alpine areas, riparian areas. Distinguishing Features Distinguished from similar Dog rose (Rosa canina) by hairs or spines on flower stalks and sepals. Impacts Forms clumps restricting cattle movement, harbours pest animals, infests pine forests and native vegetation.