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Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed

Growth Form White Stem Underside

Rubus leucodermis - Western Raspberry

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Family Name: Rosaceae

Common Names: Western Raspberry, Blackcap Raspberry, White-Stemmed Raspberry, White-Bark Raspberry

Origin: Native to California

Habitat: Moist areas, clearings in redwood-Douglas fir forests, elevations below 6500 ft.

Life Form and Duration: Perennial Mounded shrub with arching canes up to 2 m long

Bark and Stem Description: Stems are white and waxy, especially on recent growth. Prickles straight to curved.

Foliage Type: Deciduous

Foliage Description: Compound with 3-7 leaflets. Leaflets are ~ ovate, shallowly lobed, irregularly toothed, 2.5-7.5 cm long. Lower surface of leaflets appears white due to a dense covering of short white hairs, prickles occasionally on leaves along veins.

Infloresence Description: Clusters of 3-10 flowers

Flower Description: White flowers. Sepals narrowed to a long point, longer than petals in length. White petals, narrowed at base.

Flowering Season: April-July

Fruit Type: Aggregate (cluster of drupelets originating from many separate pistils in a single flower)

Fruit Description: Separates from receptacle when picked, red-purple to black when ripe.

Edibility: Edible, can be very good