shrubs and small trees, spiny or unarmed, evergreen or deciduous.
Leaves usually alternate and with stipules.
Flowers mostly bisexual and regular, solitary or clustered. Sepals and petals at edge of a flower tube (hence perigynous)
which is lined or rimmed with and glandular disc. Sepals 5 (4), often with alternating bractlets; petals 5 (4
or 0). Stamens mostly in whores or
cycles of 5, sometimes numerous and indefinite.
Pistils 1-many, simple, distinct and free from flower tube or united into
a 2-5 celled ovary, which may be +/- inferior. Fruit a follicle, achene, drupe, pome or cluster of
drupelets. Seeds usually without
of our favorite fruits, such as apples, pears, cherries and strawberries, belong
to the Rose Family. (Dale 168,169).
A family of over 100 genera and over 3000 species; many of great horticultural value. (Munz, Flora So. Calif. 739).
Upper Newport Bay species within the family:
Aphanes occidentalis #
Heteromeles arbutifolia #
Prunus persica x 'Ventura'
Rosa californica #
Rubus ursinus #