Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
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