The Gardeners' chronicle and agricultural gazette (9): 134 (Mar 4 1854)

Yellow Rose

A paragraph about a yellow Rose in the Gardeners' Chronicle of the 26th November last has recalled to my recollection that I had gathered the plant in India, and I have the pleasure to enclose you a specimen for your herbarium, by means of which you will probably be able to ascertain to what species it belongs. The specimen sent was gathered in the district of Kishtwar, in the interior of the Punjaub Himalaya, in the valley of the Chenab river, at an elevation of about 8000 feet, apparently wild, but so near a village that I had some doubts on the subject, especially as I saw it once only, and afterwards met with the same species cultivated and double in Ladakh. A yellow Rose has, however, long been known as indigenous in the Thibetan district of Lahul, higher up the Chenab river than the spot where I got the specimen sent. I first heard of it from my fellow traveller, Major Cunningham, who was the first after Moorcroft to traverse that wild region, and it attracted the attention of every traveller who passes through that province at its flowering time. My specimens, if not wild, were doubtless imported from the upper parts of the valley. The species seems the same with one already in English gardens. There is also, in the Hookerian Herbarium, a specimen undoubtedly of the same species, from the Bakhtyari mountains, Persia, collected by Mr. Loftus.
Thomas Thomson, Kew.

[This is one of the Rubiginosa section; but we are unacquainted with it.]

The Gardeners' chronicle and agricultural gazette (48): 757 (Nov 26, 1853)

A New Double Yellow Rose

Mrs. Hervey, in her book recently published ("The Adventures of a Lady in Tartary, &c."), says, "We saw some Rose bushes bearing double yellow Roses, both near Himmee, and also in the vicinity of this village (Lameroo in the country of Ladak). The leaf is a briar, very sweet." Some young enterprising Rose-grower ought to go in search of this. She also mentions a Walnut cultivated in the valley of Kashmir, with a shell "as thin as paper, and easily broken by the hand."
T. R.

[We have already in this country Walnuts, called Highflyers, whose shell is quite as soft as this.]

The Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia vol 3, p 438 (1885)
Edward Balfour

Wild yellow roses are found in Kashmir, Lahoul, and Tibet. Lowther states they are sometimes double, and Thomson mentions double yellow roses at 11,000 feet in Ladakh. The yellow Persian rose finds its eastern limit in Lahoul, but Fortune saw a China yellow rose in the gardens of the mandarins during the early months of the year. The colour had something of buff in it, which gave the flowers an uncommon appearance. It was a most beautiful double yellow climbing rose from the more northern districts of the empire.

Punjab Plants, p. 86 (1869)
John Lindsay Stewart 1869


One or more wild yellow roses are found in Kashmír, Lahoul, Tibet, &c. Lowther states that they are sometimes double, and Thomson mentions double yellow roses at 11,000 feet in Ladák. Masson speaks of a Kábul rose, the petals of which are yellow externally (perhaps variety PUNICEA of R. EGLANTERIA).

Narrative of various journeys in Balochistan, Afghanistan, and the Punjab (1842) 3. vols
Charles Masson

Râna zéba

vol 2, p. 241. The râna zéba, a remarkable variety of the rose (rosa prostolistaia), the exterior of whose petals is yellow, while the interior is vermilion red, also is common.

Select Papers of the Agri-Horticultural Society of the Punjab, from Its Commencement to 1862, Etc (1868)
Horticulture in the Punjab
Gardening at Ferozepore,
By Lt. Lowther, dated 18th July, 1851

p. 133. Also do you know that the "Austrian Briar" or yellow single Rose is common there? We have introduced it here; it thrives by budding on the common Bussorah. The beautiful double variety abounds in Kashmeer and Ladaka, and remains to be added to our somewhat scanty lot of Indian Roses.