(Wild Raspberry)

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Rubus idaeus, Chihuahua Gulch, Summit Co. 1609

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Rubus idaeus, Chihuahua Gulch, Summit Co. 1622

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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.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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