(Boulder Raspberry)


Rubus deliciosus, Fourmile Area, Chaffee Co. 0189


Rubus deliciosus, Fourmile Area, Chaffee Co. 0191

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: Plains to montane (4400 to 11000 ft.); 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.
Bloom Period: May to August.
Fruit: Raspberry-like green to purple hemispherical fruit, very seedy and bitter. "Deliciosus" is a misnomer.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, American Southwest, and "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams.
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