(Wild Raspberry)


Rubus idaeus, Chihuahua Gulch, Summit Co. 1609


Rubus idaeus, Chihuahua Gulch, Summit Co. 1622


Rubus idaeus, Chihuahua Gulch, Summit Co. 1636

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 (6300 to 12000 ft.); 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.
Bloom Period: June to August.
Fruit: Round cluster, 1/3 to 1/2 inch in diameter of fleshy druplets, turning purplish red.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Minnesota Wildflowers, and "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams.
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