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A suckering shrub up to 3 or 4 ft high, in the wild often a subshrub cut to the ground each winter; stems clad with slender, straight prickles and bristles, sometimes very densely so. Leaflets nine or eleven, more rarely seven, elliptic or sometimes obovate, 1 to 2 in. long, lustrous above, glabrous on both sides except for the sometimes downy veins beneath, edged with fairly deep, simple, eglandular teeth. Flowers pink, about 11⁄2 in. across, borne around midsummer in lateral clusters, or later at the end of strong growths from the base. Pedicels and receptacle glabrous, sometimes slightly glandular. Sepals narrow, slenderly pointed, sometimes glandular on the back. Fruits globose to pear-shaped, about 1⁄2 in. wide, smooth or slightly glandular, crowned by the usually spreading sepals.
Native of the central USA from Wisconsin and Minnesota to Colorado and Kansas.
R. suffulta Greene
R. pratincola Greene
R. heliophila Greene
R. arkansoides Schneid