Green Rose

Asked July 10, 2016, 12:44 AM EDT

This green rose is growing on the tip of a branch of a bush in the woods I'm not sure what bush it is, maybe an alder.What is it? It looks really odd to see it there. There were just two of the roses on the whole bush.

Outside United States

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Can you tell me where you are located? That will help in my search. Thanks, A

I live in Fort St John , B C Canada. This is a bush in the edge of a wood. It had only these two roses on the end of two branches.

The green flower is actually an insect gall. The pine-cone willow gall, caused by the Gall Midge Rhabdophaga, can look similar, though I don't find any online photos with this fabulous bloom appearance. Here's more information: Bug guide: http://bugguide.net/node/view/270904/bgimage
This article from the Calgary Herald has the photo closest to your green 'rose' that I found: Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010 "A galling situation": http://calgaryherald.com/life/homes/sunday-november-14-2010-a-galling-situation?__lsa=42e5-7f44
Your local Master Gardeners or the UBC Entomology department might like these photos and tell you more about them: http://www.biodiversity.ubc.ca/entomology/contact/