Invasive SpeciesBeach rose

Rosa rugosa
FOUND by vitalsleuth
Cape Elizabeth
ID Confirmed
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Field Notes
Assisting a field trip to the tide pools at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth. Saw this large clump of rose bushes. Took a closer look and saw that it was beach rose. There's a boat ramp (mostly used by lobstermen) to the right, a popular swimming beach to the left, a parking lot in front, and a rocky intertidal behind.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
I think this is beach rose because it has large flowers with bright pink wrinkly petals.
Photo of my evidence.
The stem of the beach rose has densely-packed thorns.
Photo of my evidence.
Each beach rose leaf has 7 wrinkly leaflets.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Rosa rugosa
Common name:
Beach rose
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.561640 °
W -70.218850 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Field
Trip Information
Kettle Cove
Trip date: 
Mon, 2009-06-15 11:00
Town or city: 
Cape Elizabeth
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey


Great photos! Keep up the good work!

Your photo of the Beach Rose is fantastic! You are amazing with that camera. How did you do that?


I was totally surprised by these photos too! My camera isn't fancy. It was a gray, foggy morning, so the light was nice. I put some new batteries in and was playing around with the macro function. It took many tries to get these photos. I just had to be really patient...and talk nicely to my camera! Sometimes it just all works out.

Hi Vitalsleuth,

You got it! Good work. Your really good pictures allowed me to easily confirm your report. All your pictures were helpful. No other rose that we have around here has that combination of characters such as the bristly stem, the heavy, wrinkled leaflets and the big pink flowers, all on the same plant. Keep up the good observations and thanks for sending all the right pictures.

Great photos. Were you using a fancy camera, or just a point and shoot with a macro function?

That is a fantastic photo. The contrast is excellent and the detail is sharply defined. The water droplets stand out nicely. One thing that might add further meaning to the image is the inclusion of a ruler in the frame. Although it might not be as aesthetically pleasing, it would give a sense of scale. Still, one of the best photos I have seen on this site so far!