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'Rosa webbiana Wallich ex Royle' rose References
Book  (28 Sep 2017)  Page(s) 40, 44.  Includes photo(s).
p. 40: R. webbiana [Fig.12] Species rose from the Cinnamomeae section, Webb's Rose [Fig.12] is a common shrub rose, widely distributed, growing from 1500 metres up to 4000 metres. A shrub of 1-2 m high, with straight, slender, yellowish prickles. Leaflets 5-9, obvate or almost round, obtuse, grey-blue. Flowers are born singly, usually pink, with a white centre and are scented. Hips are bottle-shaped to globular, and red. The rose is native to the western Himalayas from the Pamir in central Asia to Kashmir, Tibet and Afghanistan.

p. 44: Alongside the project involving the Musks we are looking at the status of the composite R. webbiana. Already, a series of assessions of wild selected plants have been established. An early success has been in one specimen of R. webbiana. [NURSB5] This plant came into flower a second time in 2015 [Fig. 97.] The plant is some five years old, and is grown outdoors but protected from wind and sun.
Website/Catalog  (2009)  
Rosa webbiana Wall.

Habitat : Dry and inner Himalayas from Kashmir to Kumaon at altitudes of 900–4.000 m.
[Name in] Ayurvedic : Laddaakhi-Sevati. (Flowers— pink or deep red, fruit— red.)
Action : Fruits—rich in vitamin C (751 mg/100 g,) concentration up to 8% in dry pulp.
Article (magazine)  (2008)  Page(s) 66.  
Table 3.
R. webbiana Wall. ex Royle Assigned DNA Ploidy=4 Published Ploidy=2
Article (misc)  (Jun 2007)  
R. webbiana is the typical inhabitant of the semi-arid Western Himalayas. It is a shrub, reaching up to 2.5 meters with slender branches and straight prickles, leaves with small rounded leaflets and prickly leaf stalks. The flowers are borne in clusters of 1 to 3. It is a rose of unique, even fragile beauty, with lilac pink to dark pink flowers, contrasting admirably with the rugged rocky terrain of the region.
To quote Jack Harkness, it ‘might be called the Fairy Queen of the wild roes for its sweetness and grace. The plant grows about head high, and trails its older shoots down to the ground, all neatly in the shape of a graceful lady in lacy crinolines. Lace is the right word too for an impression of the tiny leaves and dark twigs. The little flowers are all delicacy in their pink petals and discreetly attractive perfume. Finally, the hips adorn the bush in the autumn, in the shape of ewers held upside down. They are not large, for nothing about R. webbiana is aggressive; their size is sufficient to attract notice and hold admiration.’

The book, “The Family Rosaceae in India’ by Ghora and Panigrahi refers to 2 additional varieties of R. webbiana, namely, R. webbiana var. glandulosa, a variant with red flowers found on the edges of the alpine zone in Kashmir, and R. webbiana latifolia.
Field studies are required to confirm the existence of these varieties at the present time.
Article (magazine)  (2007)  Page(s) 370, fig. 1.  
R. webbiana typical ploidy 2x
Book  (May 2003)  
Rosa webbiana Wallich ex Royle, Ill. Bot. Himal. Mts. 1:208.1835.
Shrubs 1–2 m tall. Branchlets purple-brown, slender; prickles in pairs below leaves, and scattered, yellow, terete, straight, to 1 cm, stout, gradually tapering below to a broad base. Leaves including petiole 3–4 cm; stipules mostly adnate to petiole, free parts ovate, margin glandular, apex acute; rachis and petiole glabrous but very sparsely small prickly; leaflets 5–9, suborbicular, obovate, or broadly elliptic, 6–20 × 4–12 mm, glabrous or abaxially sparsely puberulous along veins, base subrounded or cuneate, margin simply serrate at upper part, near base entire, apex rounded-obtuse, rarely acute. Flowers solitary, rarely 2 or 3 and fasciculate, 3.5–5 cm in diam.; pedicel 1–1.5 cm, glabrous or glandular-pubescent; bracts ovate, margin glandular serrate, midvein and lateral veins abaxially conspicuous. Hypanthium subglobose or ovoid, glabrous or glandular puberulous. Sepals 5, triangular-lanceolate, abaxially glandular-pubescent, adaxially densely puberulous, margin entire, apex elongate. Petals 5, reddish or rose, broadly obovate, base cuneate, apex emarginate. Styles free, shorter than stamens, pubescent. Hip nodding, bright-red, subglobose or ovoid, 1.5–2 cm in diam., glabrous, with persistent, spreading sepals. Fl. Jun–Jul, fr. Jul–Sep.
Forests, scrub, grassy places, valleys, slopes, farmland; 2000--4500 m. Xizang [Afghanistan, N India, Kashmir, Mongolia, W Nepal].
Book  (2001)  Page(s) 448.  
Rosa webbiana Royle, Ill. Bot. Himal. 208 (1835) t. 42, fig. 2.
Hindi sikanda.
Middle Asia, Himalaya, Tibet, Mongolia.
The species was used in the former Soviet Union for breeding purposes. As fruit cultivars have been released: 'Voroncovskij' (R webbiana-selection) and 'Bezshipnyj' (R. webbiana x R. rugosa L.).
Ref.: Albrecht 1993, 161 pp.; Friedrich & Schuricht 1989, 322 pp.
Book  (2000)  Page(s) 60.  Includes photo(s).
Rosa webbiana = Roses sauvages – rose moyen. Ce gracieux rosier atteignant 1m50 en tous sens arque ses tiges flexibles au jeune bois rouge pourpré, brunissant avec l’âge à mesure qu’apparaissent de longs aiguillons droits, jaune crème et acérés. Ses feuilles vert glauque se composent de 5 à 9 folioles ténues, en large éclipse. Ses fleurs rose lilacé éclosent en début d’été, solitaires ou par 3, larges d’environ 4cm, suivies de fruits de taille moyenne, en amphore étroite, laqués d’écarlate. Cette espèce très décorative s’accomode de tous types de sols et de climats. Zones 4-11. Himalaya et Turquie, 1879. Photo: fleur + fruit.
Book  (Nov 1994)  Page(s) 94.  
Rosa webbiana Western Himalaya.
One of the prettiest of rose species, making dense bushes filled with arching, interlacing twigs up to 6 feet high and wide.The wiry stems are of rich, plum-brown...Leaflets tiny, 7-9...narrow bottle shaped heps are of brilliant sealing-wax scarlet and highly polished, with persistent sepals. Rosa webbiana of gardens is, in all probability, correctly ascribed to R. sertata, a closely allied species with fewer prickles and longer leaves.
Book  (Feb 1993)  Page(s) 39.  Includes photo(s).
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