The plant family Rosaceae Juss. was named and described by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu in Genera Plantarum in 1789.
As of 1-12-23 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 110 genera in this family commonly known as the rose family. I have identified a few wildflowers in this family on my farm in west-central Missouri. You can go to their own pages by clicking on the plant’s name under the photo for more photos, information, and several links.
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I have seen this plant growing in the southeast corner of the farm but I positively identified it as Agrimonia parviflora (Swamp Agrimony) in 2018. I think it is a neat plant and some grow fairly tall making it hard to get good photos of the whole plant. Common names include Small-Flowered Agrimony, Harvestlice Agrimony, Swamp Agrimony, Harvestlice, and possibly a few others.
I first found the Geum canadense (White Avens) growing behind the pond in the back of the farm in 2018. Since then I have found it growing in an area north of the chicken house. It is an easily identified wildflower.
I first identified the Potentilla indica (Indian Strawberry) in 2020 although I had been seeing them for many years. They produce a fruit that looks like a small strawberry. Years ago I was living in Springfield, Missouri and there was a HUGE patch along the side of the house. I thought they were wild strawberries so I gave one a try. It was nearly tasteless…
The Potentilla recta (Sulphur Cinquefoil) is fairly common here and there on my farm. It also likes to grow in the south flower bed and in the garden. Common names include Sulfur Cinquefoil, Rough-Fruited Cinquefoil, Tormentil, Upright Cinquefoil, and possibly others.
While walking along the fence in the southeast pasture on May 24 in 2021, I noticed a cinquefoil that seemed a little different. There are a lot of Sulfur Cinquefoil (Potentilla recta) on the farm, but their flowers are larger and pale yellow. This plant had smaller flowers with bright yellow petals. This species turned out to be Potentilla simplex (Common Cinquefoil). Other common names include Common Cinquefoil, Old Field Cinquefoil, Old Field Five-Fingers, and possibly others.
There are quite a few Rose multiflora (Multiflora Rose) growing on the farm They grow mainly in fence rows, under trees or along ditches. They are an introduced species in North America and must be proud to be here. They were brought here to do a job, which they did, now they are declared a invasive species.
I am not a fan or roses because of their thorns, nor am I find of pink. I seem to get along well the Rosa setigera (Climbing Prairie Rose) since it is only found in one spot here on the farm, and in a good place. I also photographed this species on a friend’s farm in the trees along a creek. This seems to be a well-behaved native species.
Don’t get me wrong, roses are great as food and cover for various types of wildlife. As long as I don’t have to hand trim the branches or walk through the plants they are OK.
That’s all I have for the plant family Rosaceae at the moment. Never know what I will run across…