Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rubus leucodermis Douglas ex Torr. & A. Gray

Whitebark Raspberry

One of our native Rubus species, Rubus leucodermis is a low growing, mounding plant with a typical raspberry / blackberry habit. Like most members of Rubus, these plants are armed with sharp, recurved prickles along their stems and on the underside of their leaves. These plants are found throughout the California flouristic provence with the exception of the Great Valley, and extend all the way up along the west coast into Alaska. Their preferred habitat is open, rocky areas with good moisture.

Like most members of Rubus, R. leucodermis has an edible compound fruit. Fruits tend to be red-purple to black in color.

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