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Rosa bracteata ‘Lucida duplex’

Probably a variety or cultivar of Rosa bracteata Wendl. In The Gardeners’ Chronicle of 1841 Rosa ‘Lucida duplex’, seen at Woods and Son’s Nursery, Woodlands, Maresfield, is described as a Bracteata rose, with fine, large, double white flowers with glossy foliage.  In 1851 ‘Lucida duplex’ was described as a Macartney rose, further strengthening this claim to identity.  It was strongly recommended as a continuous bloomer.  William Paul also describes a double form or hybrid of the Macartney Rose which he calls Rosa lucida duplex.  The large full flowers are pure white with a rosy flush in the centre, and with glossy foliage, sounding much like the rose seen at Woods’ Nursery.  A coloured plate is included in the 9th edition.  [Paul (1848, {1888, 1903].  This sounds very much like Gore’s ‘Double Macartney Rose’, Rosa bracteata flore pleno, the flowers of which she describes as pinkish white.  

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

‘Rosa bracteata lucida duplex’ first appeared in the 1845 catalogue, and, although it was not listed in the 1850 catalogue, ‘Rosa lucida duplex’ appeared as a hand written note in an 1850 catalogue held at the Mitchell Library, probably in Sir William's hand.  It was listed as ‘Rosa lucida duplex’ in the 1857 catalogue [T.907/1845].  I assume it is the same rose.


A much less likely possibility is Rosa virginiana Mill. ‘Rose d'Amour’, introduced c.1820 and sometimes called ‘lucida duplex’.

Published Feb 11, 2010 - 05:10 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2011 - 03:36 PM

Family Rosaceae
Region of origin


  • Rosa lucida duplex
  • Rosa bracteata Wendl. flore pleno
  • Double Macartney rose


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Rosa lucida duplex

Rosa bracteata lucida duplex 

Confidence level high