Rosa bracteata Wendl.

Rosa bracteata is an evergreen climber with leathery, evergreen leaves and neat, single flowers of pure white with prominent yellow stamens, comfortably growing to 4m.  [RHSD].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The leaves are evergreen, and the flowers fragrant: circumstances that add to its value.’  [BM t.1377/1811].  A number of varieties were available by 1854, including a double form which Rivers cautions against growing, as being totally worthless, its flowers constantly dropping off without opening.  Introduced from China in 1795 by Sir George Staunton, a Member of Lord Macartney’s embassy to Beijing.  [Paul (1848, 1863, 1888, 1903), Gore, Rivers (1854, 1857), Willmot, Amat].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all catalogues [T.836/1843].  Described as the Macartney Rose in both the 1843 and 1845 catalogues.  M’Cartney rose was ticked in a copy of the Hort. Reg., October 1831.  Although this originally belonged to James Bowman, it is likely that this plant was grown by Macarthur earlier than 1843.  [Copy held in the Special Collection of the National Herbarium Library, Canberra, ACT].


Published Feb 18, 2009 - 05:24 PM | Last updated Jul 30, 2010 - 05:38 PM

Shown are leaves and single flowers of pure white with prominent yellow stamens.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1377,1811.

Rosa bracteata Wendl. | BM t.1377/1811 | BHL

More details about Rosa bracteata Wendl.
Family Rosaceae
Region of origin




  • Rosa lucida Lawr.
Common Name

Macartney rose

Name in the Camden Park Record

Rosa bracteata 

Confidence level high