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Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed

Growth Form Leaf Upper Leaf Under Flowers Flower Closeup Berry

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.