Photographer: Kitty Kohout
Rubus occidentalis L.
black-cap, black raspberry
Rubus: Latin name for "bramble" or "blackberry"
occidentalis: Latin for "western"
|Plant: ||erect to arching, perennial shrub; first year's canes sometimes rooting at the tip, whitened; a few fine thorns with wide bases|
|Flower: ||white, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, petals shorter than the sepals; inflorescence of 3-7 flowers in a dense, umbel-like cluster (cyme) and also 1 or 2 from the upper leaf axils; blooms May-June|
|Fruit:||purple/black, 1/3" thick, round berry with a hollow center|
|Leaf:||undivided to 3-5 parted with deep, irregular teeth; underside covered with soft gray or white fuzz|
|Habitat: ||dry to moist; woods, fields, thickets|