Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1916(8): 188-189. [12 Oct 1916]

881. Rosa (Cinnamomeae) elegantula, Rolfe; affinis R. sertatae, Rolfe, ramis juvenilibus copiose et graciliter aciculatis et floribus duplo minoribus facile distinguenda.

Frutex ramosus, mediocris; ramuli subglabri, saepissime copiose aculeati, rarius subinermes. Folia conferta, 5-8 cm. longa, 7-9-foliolata; rhachis sparse glandulosa et aculeolata; foliola subsessilia, elliptica vel ovato-elliptica, obtusa, acute et simpliciter dentata, rarius subduplicato-serrata, utrinque glauca, 1-2 cm. longa; stipulae adnatae, auguste oblongae, obtusae vel subobtusae, minutissime ciliato-glandulosae, 5-6 mm. longae. Flores speciosi, saturate rosei, 2.5-3 cm. diametro, in ramulorum brevium apicibus solitarii vel pauci; pedunculi 2 cm. longi, laeves. Receptaculum anguste ovoideo-oblongum, laeve, 5-6 mm. longum. Calycis lobi ovato-lanceolati, caudato-acuminati, interdum subfoliacei, puberuli, minutissime ciliolati, rarissime glandulosi, circiter 1 cm. longi, patentes. Petala late obcordata. Filamenta glabra, 2-3 mm. longa, antheris aureis. Styli villosi, in columnam 2 mm. longam cohaerentes.

CHINA: Wilson 1165, 1280 (ex hort. Veitch).

A very pretty little rose, readily distinguished from R. sertata, Rolfe (Bot. Mag. t. 8473), by its copiously aciculate branches and by the much smaller flowers with very deep carmine-rose petals. The plants were grown from seeds collected by Mr. E. H. Wilson for Messrs. James Veitch & Sons, with whom it flowered in June, 1908, and subsequently at Kew.