The Wood Rose – Merremia tuberosa

E. Julian Duncan

Abstract


The fact that the Woodrose 'lasts for several years when properly prepared' (Hawkes and Sutton, (1974) has contributed to its popularity as a component of floral arrangements, a popularity that is increasing not only locally, but abroad as well. In recent years exports of Wood Roses have been made from Trinidad to Curacao and Canada. Although so widely used, the Wood Rose remains an enigma to many and rarely is it realised that the popularly used structure is neither a rose nor indeed a flower but the fruit of Merremia tuberosa (L) Rendle.

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