Invasive SpeciesBeach rose

Rosa rugosa
FOUND by Lion Goddesses
Cape Elizabeth
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Mr. Perley
Peer reviewed by Blue Crabs
Field Notes
The morning of 10/24/17 The Lion Goddesses were on the bus going to Kettle Cove on a field trip for their vital signs project. When they stepped off the bus they were greeted by the salty air. The temperature was about 60 degrees so they were quite chilly. The choppy water was splashing around the multiple boats in the sea. They walked on the loose sand while dry seaweed crunched beneath their feet. It was a very dark and cloudy day and it felt like they would get drenched by the rain any second. The Lion Goddesses shimmied over to the beach roses to start examining the species.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
This is beach rose because of the woody stem and thorns. They are thoroughly packed, cream colored, and extremely sharp. The beach roses thorns range in different sizes throughout the stem.
Photo of my evidence.
This is the beach roses leafs because they are very glossy and different shades of green. Another reason that this is beach rose is how the leaves are opposite. One of the biggest key features is the wrinkled leaf, The beach rose is known for the wrinkled leafs. Another of the key features of the beach roses leafs is how the leaves are lightly toothed.
Photo of my evidence.
This photo is of the beach rose, specifically it's rose hips which is a fruit that grows on the rose before the roses bloom. I think that this is the rose hips of the beach rose because of the brown leafs coming out of the bottom of the fruit.
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 43.560471 °
W -70.217287 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Coastal - Beach or dune
Trip Information
Kettle Cove Moniz 2017
Trip date: 
Tue, 2017-10-24 09:30
Town or city: 
Cape Elizabeth
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Time of low tide: 
Fri, 2014-10-24 08:26


Beautiful observation, Lion Goddesses!

Your detailed written evidence and clear photos make it easy to confirm your identification. How much Rosa rugosa did you find? Were there bushes everywhere? Do you think it is likely to spread along the beach?

Keep up the good work and keep investigating!