Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
Rubus parviflorus - Western Thimbleberry
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Family Name: Rosaceae
Common Name: Western Thimbleberry
Origin: Native to California
Habitat: Generally moist shaded areas, in and along the edge of forests, canyons, along roadsides. Below 8200 ft.
Life Form and Duration: Perennial Erect shrub, up to 2 m tall. Woody. Forms dense patches.
Bark and Stem Description: Stems have reddish brown bark that peels off in strips, prickles fall off with bark. Minute, soft gland-tipped hairs on branches.
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Description: Leaves are simple, palmately 5-7 lobed, cordate (heart shaped) bases, 5-15 cm long, margins finely toothed, upper and lower surfaces covered with fine soft hairs. Leaves as a whole are very soft.
Infloresence Description: Clusters of 4-7 flowers
Flower Description: Flowers white, occasionally pink, large, 2-4 cm across, crinkled. Sepals narrowed at tip into long tail.
Flowering Season: March-August
Fruit Type: Aggregate (cluster of drupelets originating from many separate pistils in a single flower)
Fruit Description: Raspberry-like, separating from the receptacle when picked, forming a ""thimble"". Pink developing to bright red when ripe, should easily separate from plant.
Edibility: Unusual flavor, different but very good. Berries don't last long so eat them as you pick them.