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Rosa multiflora

Biological Category 
Species Type 
Shrub or woody bush
LHPrism Status 
Tier 4 - Widespread

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Impacts of this species 

Multiflora rose establish themselves in dense, impenetrable thickets, and can be found in a variety of ecosytems. By developing this way, they prevent wildlife movement and displace native wildlife. They out-compete with native plants for sunlight and nutrients. With their ability to tolerate a wide range of environmental factors, they often thrive in and disrupt pasture ranges. These plants are a prominant nuisance for agriculture by degrading forage quality, reducing available grazing areas, and have also been seen to cause severe eye and skin irritation in cattle. The seeds of the Multiflora rose are resilient and can remain viable for up to 20 years in soil. Native birds, including grouse, pheasants, turkeys, and mockingbirds, favor the rose hips of this plant and ingest the seeds inside. These birds aid in the transport and further establishment of Multiflora rose to new locations.