I’m in the camellia camp. Did you find it near a bush with dark, shiny leaves? The flowers on mine dry up and drop off the bush like that. However, they’re so fragile that by this time of year, the squirrels and birds have trashed them all during their foraging.
Good thought. But, I am a photographer, not a botanist. It’s not a woodrose, it’s just a thing that looks like a rose made of wood.
It’s pretty fragile, but it has been lying around the ground with lots of others like it for months. Stepping on them pretty much breaks them, but they don’t just fall apart on their own. (Well, I suppose they must, since some are pretty far gone
I’m gonna give the non night owls, and the folks in the next few time zones a while before I give the answer. (I know the exact species, since the church folks are quite happy with it, and have collected the things for years.)
The church is quite proud of it’s large trees, dating back to the Civil War, and earlier. This little flower is actually the base of a cone from a Cedar of Lebanon. The tree is the largest of its kind in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, and one of the largest in the entire United States. Every other year, its cones ripen, and loose their seeds, leaving behind these little wood roses.
If you take one of those cones and knock most of the scales off a central spindle with a woody base will be exposed. This makes an excellent spinning top (a packet knife is good for tapering the point.