July 13, 2012 in Sidecca Products
Those sharp objects along a lovely rose stem are commonly called “rose thorns.” They are actually prickles — outgrowths of the outer layer of tissue of the stem. True thorns are modified stems, which always originate at a node and which have nodes and internodes along the length of the thorn itself.
Rose prickles are typically sickle-shaped hooks, which aid the rose in hanging onto other vegetation when growing over it. Some species densely pack straight spines, to be used as an adaptation to lessen browsing by animals, but also possibly an adaptation to trap wind-blown sand and so reduce erosion and protect their roots. Despite the presence of prickles, roses are frequently browsed by deer. For more information on roses and their thorns, visit: http://www.rosetypesonline.com
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