Rubus idaeus (Wild Raspberry) - photos and description




General: Shrub with arching to erect stems. Stems with bristly thorns, lower stems reddish in colour.

Flowers: Flowers white in clusters of 2 to 5, sepals reflexed. We measured a flower at 16 mm diameter and 7 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves are alternate, 3 to 5 pinnate, the end leaflet is the largest. Leaflets with serrate margins, ovate, are green above and whitish in colour below. We measured an end leaflet at 7 cm long by 4.5 cm wide. Leaves are pubescent below and with very short hairs above.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 200 cm, we measured plants to 118 cm tall.

Habitat: Woodlands, stream banks, and disturbed soil particularly in the parklands and boreal forest.

Abundance: Very common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Took the above photos June 13th, June 26th, July 1st in rich aspen woods about 70 km southeast of Regina, SK, and June 15th rich mixed forest in the Cypress Hills, about 425 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.