Sp. Pl. 1: 491. 1753.
Shrubs, forming dense thickets. Stems ± flexuous, 10–20 dm, densely branched; bark dark red to brown, glabrous; infrastipular prickles paired, erect, sometimes curved, stout, 4–7 × 2.5–3 mm, base glabrous, internodal prickles absent, aciculi rare. Leaves 4–8 cm; stipules often convolute, 8–15 × 3–8 mm, auricles flared, (1.5–) 3–5 (–7) mm, margins entire or crenate, sparsely to densely stipitate-glandular, surfaces glabrous, sometimes pubescent, eglandular; petiole and rachis without pricklets, pubescent, eglandular, sometimes sparsely or densely sessile-glandular; leaflets 5 (–7), terminal: petiolule 4–9 mm, blade elliptic to ovate, 20–40 × 12–18 mm, membranous, margins 1-serrate, teeth 9–18 per side, eglandular or gland-tipped, apex acute, abaxial surfaces pale green, ± glaucous, pubescent (especially on veins) or glabrous, glandular, adaxial green, dull, sometimes sparsely pubescent. Inflorescences corymbs, 1 or 2 (or 3) -flowered. Pedicels erect, slender, 7–17 mm, glabrous, eglandular; bracts 2, ovate or ovatelanceolate to obovate, 6–15 × 6–10 mm, margins ciliate, stipitate-glandular, surfaces mostly pubescent, sometimes glabrous. Flowers 3–5 cm diam.; hypanthium hemispheric, 4–5 × 3–4 mm, glabrous, eglandular, neck absent; sepals spreading, lanceolate or ovatelanceolate, 18–25 × 2.5–4 mm, tip 5–8 × 1–2 mm, margins entire, rarely pinnatifid, lobes 1 or 2, abaxial surfaces pubescent, eglandular or sparsely sessile or, rarely, stipitate-glandular; petals double, rarely single, pinkish purple, 9–15 × 9–11 mm; carpels 25–35, styles exsert 4 mm beyond stylar orifice (2.5–3 mm diam.) of hypanthial disc (4–4.5 mm diam.). Hips scarlet, globose, 9–11 × 8–10 mm, fleshy, glabrous, eglandular, neck absent; sepals persistent, erect or spreading, hips rarely maturing. Achenes basal, 17, dark tan, 3–3.5 × 1.5 mm. 2n = 14.
Phenology: Flowering Jun–Jul.
Habitat: Roadsides, old pastures, fencerows, fields, stream banks, near dwellings
Elevation: 0–400 m
Introduced; N.B., Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.), N.S., Ont., P.E.I., Que., Conn., Ill., Maine, Mass., Mich., N.H., N.Y., Ohio, Pa., R.I., Vt., Va., Wis., Europe, Asia (Japan), Asia (Siberia)
The double-flowered form of Rosa cinnamomea is often found in eastern North America, where hip formation and achene development are infrequent. The species is distinguished by its mostly convoluted stipules, abaxially glaucous leaflets, and basal achenes.
"dm" is not declared as a valid unit of measurement for this property.