Rosa foetida Herrm., Dissertatio inauguralis botanico-medica de Rosa 18 1762. (syn: Rosa fedorovii Sumn. ex Chrshan.; Rosa lutea Mill.);
Turkey (E-Anatolia, Inner Anatolia, N-Anatolia, NE-Anatolia, NW-Anatolia:
Bithynia, S-Anatolia, SE-Anatolia, W-Anatolia), Iran (N-Iran, Iranian
Aserbaijan, W-Iran), Iraq (NE-Iraq), Syria (NW-Syria), Afghanistan (Kabul,
Parwan), Pakistan (Baluchistan, Quetta, Kurram, Hazara, ?Chitral), Austria (I),
Slovakia (I), France (I), Germany (I), Greece (I), Spain (I), Italy (I), Romania
(I), European Turkey (I), Croatia (I), Northern Caucasus, Transcaucasus,
Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Taiwan (I) as per Catalogue of Life;
Rosa foetida, known by several common names, including Austrian briar, Persian yellow rose, and Austrian copper rose, is a species of rose, native to the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. It has yellow flowers with a scent which some find objectionable. Since there were no yellow roses native to Europe, its introduction from Persia was an important addition to the cultivation of roses, and R. foetida is now an important contributor to the stock of cultivated roses.
The rose is named for its smell–foetida is Latin for “having a bad smell”—which is reminiscent of boiled linseed oil, a smell which some find objectionable. However, according to others “the smell is not all that bad.”
The rose is described as a “spindly bush, not terribly vigorous,” requiring a stake or a wall, growing up to six feet tall.
(from Wikipedia on 26.1.17)
Further to my recent posts covering Rosa, I am attaching a couple of modest images taken as slides and scanned in. It is very difficult to expose well for yellow flowers (also white ones) in bright sunny conditions at altitude.
I came across this rose whilst leading two botanical treks in the Miyah Nullah, Lahoul, H.P.
Flowers of the Himalaya describe this as a native of W.Asia commonly planted and semi-naturalised in Lahul. A medium-sized shrub with heavy-scented rich yellow flowers.
Stewart recorded from Baluchistan, Kurram, Hazara and Kishtwar. He gave R.eglanteria L. as a synonym.
Koelz knew it as “Sewa serpo” in Lahaul in the 1930s – “serpo” means yellow. Whilst Rosa webbiana/ macrophylla was known by locals as “Sewa Marpo”. “Marpo” meaning pink. I think “sewa” means flower in general.
See 2 attached images photographed beside a barley field.
Hopefully members can take good close-ups of this rose in the years to come.