Rosa Banksiae

IMG_0512.JPG            I chose to observe the Rosa Banksiae, most commonly known as the Lady Banks’ Rose. It was named after the wife of Sir Joseph Banks, founder of the flower and a curator for the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew in the 1900s. Although it does not look like the typical rose one gives or receives during Valentine’s day or Mother’s day, the Rosa Banksiae is part of the rose family. The flower’s petals are also smaller and more spread out than the typical rose I am used to seeing. It is native to central and western China but I found it growing in someone’s front yard in the city of Yokohama. I chose this flower specifically because of its pastel yellow color and because it was not just one flower blooming, but many in a bunch.

The perennial life span of the flower is 3-10 years and often is in full bloom during Spring to early Summer. It is a flower that is mainly cultivated for gardening, and unlike most roses, the Rosa Banksiae is thornless. The flowers are typically white or yellow, in my case, they were a light shade of yellow, and are small but form large clusters. In Tombstone, Arizona, rests the world’s largest rosebush, which actually happens to be the Rosa Banksiae. Because this plant tends to rapidly grow and climb onto its surroundings, the world’s largest rosebush covers roughly 9,000 square feet (approx. 837 sq. meters). From images found on Google and many gardening sites, the Rosa Banksiae seems to overpower its surroundings and spread out, but the one I observed in person did not seem to be out of control, as the owner of the house might have learned to tame the flower’s growth.

The only connection I found to the environment was that this flower gets pollinated by bees and attracts butterflies as well, otherwise, this flower is strictly for gardening and an aesthetically pleasing species that humans enjoying looking at.

http://www.rose.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/History-of-Roses-Species-Part-A.pdf

http://crescentbloom.com/plants/specimen/ro/Rosa%20banksiae.htm

http://www.npr.org/2014/04/16/303634602/unique-rose-bush-graces-arizona-desert-town

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