Wild Florida Photo
Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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A frequent scrubby bush of floodplain forests and riverbanks in much of the northern half of the Florida peninsula, plus the eastern and central panhandle. The range extends throughout much of eastern North America, as far west as Louisiana to Iowa and north into Ontario & Quebec.
The canes or branches have down-curved or hooked thorns. The leaves are alternate, pinnately compound with 5-9 (usually 7) finely-toothed elliptic leaflets. The flowers are 5cm (2 in.) wide usually appearing at the ends of leafy stems with five pale pink broad petals that are notched at the tip. The center of the flower is filled with many yellow stamens.