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Endangered Plants


Rosa minutifolia

Rosa minutifolia

Common Name: Otay Rose

Origin/Habitat: Southern San Diego County, Baja. Chaparral.

Threats: Habitat loss due to human development.

Current Status: Endangered.

Description: This short, thorny rose has attractive, fragrant pink blooms from January to June. It has tiny compound leaves. Only two plants of Otay Mesa rose (Rosa minutifolia) remain in the wild in the U.S.A. where they grow on the U.S.-Mexico border. The species ranges further south into northern Baja California.



Photos: Rachel Cobb