Rosa rugosa kamchatika ploidy

Does anyone know the ploidy number for Rosa rugosa kamchatika? I know Rosa rugosa is diploid, but R. rugosa kamchatika seems to demonstrate characters that suggest autopolyploidy, most likely a tetraploid. If it is a tetraploid, I’m gonna have some fun with it.

I grew an open pollinated seedling of it for many years. I do not know why I did not measure its pollen. Sorry. The rose that I grew next to it R. Kochiana X OP captured all of my attention.

Thérèse Bugnet has R. rugosa kamtchatica in its parentage, along with other diploid roses, and is itself diploid. Take a look at the parentage of Thérèse Bugnet at It seems most likely that kamtchatica is also diploid.


Well Peter, I think I’d have to agree with you on that. It makes sense from a fertility standpoint. BTW, do you know about the study by M.J. Kermani et al. published in 2003 wherein they used Oryzalin to produce tetraploid variants of Thérèse Bugnet? Pretty cool results.

Rosa rugosa kamchatika is fromt he Cinn. family, so even on a dice roll the likelihood would roll towards diploid – only some species/subspecies/forms of that family are not diploid

I’ve never read the whole article, but am aware of the major findings. Since TB’s female fertility is relatively low, it would be interesting to know just how fertile the induced tetraploid plants were, and how cold-hardy–and whether they were more free-blooming. It would be a shame to have TB gain some characteristics desirable for breeders but lose much of its cold-hardiness. Does anyone have information about these matters?

In the article, they state that the foliage of the tetraploid Theresa Bugnet was much thicker and tougher than the diploid form. The leaves were also considerably larger than the diploid TB, and the internodes were longer. Interestingly, the flowers actually had twice the number of petals as the diploid version has. The next step in their research was to test the fertility of the induced tetraploid, but I haven’t run across any articles on that. They were going to work closely with David Austin.

I have the full paper.

“The number of petals in tetraploid Thrse Bugnet was nearly double that of its diploid progenitor.”

“The tetraploid form of Thrse Bugnet … had significantly (P<0.001) more viable pollen than the original forms (Fig. 7).”

H.Kuska comment from Figure 7 viable pollen went from about 10% to about 20 %.

Nothing was said about cold resistance.

That’s right, Henry! I re-read the abstract last night after I posted, and they did mention the increase in pollen viability.


The book ‘Zytologische Studien über die Gattung Rosa’, Gunnar Täckholm, Uppsala 1922 stated, that
Rosa X kamtchatica Vent. is diploid.

Maybe this information is still of interest today.

I am it fills in another blank on the master rose list. Just have to wait for recovery after a pseudo wolf dog took a chew liking to it. Planted 2010.