We all know and love members of the rose family. They are most easily identified by the number 5, which is present in leaves, petals, and sepals, often with five alternate bractlets.
The fruit comes in different forms called achenes, follicles, drupes or pomes. For purposes of simplicity in this book, I will use the common term fruit to identify all. The following chapters are arranged by genus, not common names. Recent taxonomic revisions suggest moving some plants out of the family, but this volume contains recent opinion on placements, and reflects my personal bias. The Rose family contains some of our most healing and beautiful plants, for uses both internally and externally.
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