Rubus species

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Scientific Name Rubus deliciosus USDA PLANTS Symbol
RUDE
Common Name Boulder Raspberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
24910
Family Rosaceae (Rose) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills and montane. Roadsides, hillsides, scrubland.
Plant: Perennial shrub, 2 to 3 feet tall; arching branches do not have spines; new stems are reddish.
Leaves: Deciduous bright green rounded (orbiculate to reniform), lobed leaves 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 inches across; edges have irregular teeth.
Inflorescence: Single flower on each stem up to 2 inches across, 5 white petals with yellow anthers.
Fruit: Raspberry-like green to purple hemispherical fruit, very seedy and bitter. "Deliciosus" is a misnomer.
References: Descr. adapted from www.americansouthwest.net, and "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Rubus idaeus USDA PLANTS Symbol
RUID
Common Name Wild Raspberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
24947
Family Rosaceae (Rose) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine. Along trails, roadsides, rocky slopes.
Plant: Perennial shrub, 1-1/2 to 4 feet tall; green to reddish new canes (branches) with dense, stiff bristles mixed with softer, gland-tipped hairs; second year canes produce flowering branches.
Leaves: Deciduous, alternate, pinnately-compound, usually 3 to 5 lanceolate leaflets, green on top, gray/white underneath; with toothed edges.
Inflorescence: 3 to 8 stalked flowers in loose clusters at the tips and upper leaf axils of new stems; white flowers 1/3 to 1/2 inch across with 5 petals that fall off early; many styles surrounded by numerous white stamens.
Fruit: Round cluster, 1/3 to 1/2 inch in diameter of fleshy druplets, turning purplish red.
References: Descr. adapted from Minnesota Wildflowers, and "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Rubus parviflorus USDA PLANTS Symbol
RUPA
Common Name Thimbleberry ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
25007
Family Rosaceae (Rose) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine, in Colorado; lower elevations in other western states. Open woods, meadows, streambanks, meadows, moist hillsides, roadsides, sandy areas.
Plant: Perennial shrub, 3 to 6 feet tall often in dense clumps; stems (canes) with soft, glandular hairs, no prickles.
Leaves: Large deciduous, alternate leaves, up to 6 inches wide on long stalks; 3 to 7 (usually 5) pointed lobes with toothed edges.
Inflorescence: One to several flowers in a loose, open cyme at the end of a cane or at leaf axils; white flowers 1 to 2 inches across with obovate-shaped petals; 5 green, sticky, spreading sepals tapering to a narrow tip; many styles surrounded by numerous yellowish stamens.
Fruit: Round cluster, less than 1/2 inch in diameter of fleshy druplets, turning bright red.
References: Descr. adapted from SEINet, and www.americansouthwest.net
Colorado Status
Native



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