'R. gigantea' rose References
Magazine (Aug 2005) Page(s) 32-45. Includes photo(s).
Describes the European discovery of Rosa odorata var. gigantea (Collett ex Crépin) Rehd. & Wils. in south Asia and the introduction of the China rose to European rose breeding. Gigantea is native to upper Burma and south-western China. Sir Henry Collett discovered it growing in the Shan Hills of Burma. It was introduced to Europe in 1888.
Book (1 May 2003)
Rosa odorata var. gigantea (Crépin) Rehder & E. H. Wilson in Sargent, Pl. Wilson. 2: 338. 1915
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Rosa gigantea Collett ex Crépin, Bull. Soc. Roy. Bot. Belgique 27: 148. 1888; R. duclouxii H. Léveillé; R. macrocarpa Watt ex Crépin; R. xanthocarpa Watt ex E. Willmott.
Flowers single, 8–10 cm in diam. Petals white. 2n = 21*.
Mixed forests, thickets, scrub on hillsides, pastures, grassy slopes, roadsides; 1400--2700 m. Yunnan [Myanmar, N Thailand, N Vietnam].
Article (magazine) (2001)
R. gigantea Coll. et Crép. Ploidy 2x
Pollen fertility 93.8%
Selfed Fruit set 0%
Article (magazine) (2000) Page(s) 602.
R. gigantea, R. moschata, and R. damascena were grouped into a cluster apart from the section Gallicanae because they appear to be monophyletic, whereas R. damascena was classified into the Section Gallicanae (Rehder, 1940). These species are more alike from morphological classification than from a molecular one , making them difficult to categorize.
Book (Dec 1998) Page(s) 52. Includes photo(s).
Rosa gigantea (R. x odorata gigantea). Description... The flowers are white, very large -- up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter at their best -- sweetly scented... Yellowy orange, pear-shaped hips about 1 in. (2.5. cm)... unsuitable for cold climates... an ancestor of the early Tea Roses...
Book (Apr 1998) Page(s) 30.
The oldest rose at Wisley Gardens, UK. Planted in 1939 … on the laboratory wall. It produces a flourish of flowers in early year.
Book (1995) Page(s) 41.
The scented almost evergreen Himalayan rose, Rosa gigantea, with wide yellowish-white single flowers followed by red autumn fruits flourishes over a pergola flourishes over a pergola at Mount Stewart [see Gardens]
Book (1994) Page(s) 87.
Unlike most climbers and ramblers, the R. gigantea hybrids do not strike easily from cuttings
Book (Dec 1993) Page(s) 69.
R. gigantea bears the largest flowers of all rose species
Book (Nov 1993) Page(s) 18.
[used by Alister Clarke in his breeding program to create] a new range of climbers better suited to the hot dry landscape of Australia.