(Thimbleberry)

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Rubus parviflorus, Booth Falls Trail, Eagle Co. 4197

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Rubus parviflorus, Booth Falls Trail, Eagle Co. 4214

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Rubus parviflorus, Booth Falls Trail, Eagle Co. 4178

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Rubus parviflorus, Booth Falls Trail, Eagle Co. 4185

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Rubus parviflorus, Booth Falls Trail, Eagle Co. 4165

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 (6500 to 10500 ft.); 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.
Bloom Period: June to August.
Fruit: Round cluster, less than 1/2 inch in diameter of fleshy druplets, turning bright red.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet, and American Southwest.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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