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Sweet Briar - introduced (*Rosa rubiginosa)

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Other names: Briar Rose.

Family: Rosaceae (Rose family).

Native of Europe and Asia.

Occurrence: Widely distributed weed. It grows on farmland, roadsides and forest areas.


Sweet Briar is a proclaimed noxious weed and is listed as Regionally Controlled in central Victoria.

The seed may be spread by animals, or by water. The hips are a source of vitamin C.

Photos 1: Sweet Briar with ripening hips. Hargraves St, Castlemaine.
2: Hips. Devils Kitchen. 3: Flowers. 4: Branch showing a divided leaf, the down-turned, sharp prickles, and the hips.

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