Blossoms of flowering crabapple tree in spring

Rose family

The rose family encompasses much more than beautiful ornamental flowers, as it includes some of the world's tastiest fruits. Favourites such as apples, peaches, cherries and strawberries are all in this diverse family. However it also holds some invasive plants that need to controlled as weeds. As would be expected from such a large family of flowering plants (there are over 3,000 species) they're to be found everywhere except Antarctica. Members of the rose family can be herbs, shrubs or trees. Most species are deciduous, though some are evergreen.

Scientific name: Rosaceae

Rank: Family

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The Rose family can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, Australia, Europe, Indian subcontinent, North America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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  1. Life
  2. Plants
  3. Flowering plants
  4. Dicotyledons
  5. Rosales
  6. Rose family