R. abyssinica (Species)

Rosarum Monographia by John Lindley (1820) T. 13

This is one of the very few Roses indigenous to Africa. It was first noticed as a distinct species by Mr. Brown, in his appendix to the travels in Abyssinia of Mr. Salt, who discovered it. It can be confounded with nothing except R. sempervirens, from which it differs in the following particulars: its leaflets are shorter with a little stalk, broader towards the point than at the base; the petioles are exceedingly rough with unequal glands and setae; the peduncles and calyx are covered over with a thick down; and the prickles are exceedingly numerous and strong.