OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Rubacer odoratum   FAMILY Rosaceae


INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rubus odoratus var. odoratus   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Rubus odoratus

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Rubus odoratus var. columbianus

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 097-05-001:
Rubus odoratus   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Rubacer odoratum

 

COMMON NAME:
Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry


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image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

JK Marlow    jkm0405e_31

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

JK Marlow    s040503_a

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Only Rubus in the Carolinas consistently without thorns & with simple leaves, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

JK Marlow    jkm0507e_03b

July    Fayette County    WV

Roadside

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

JK Marlow    jkm200717_6648

July    Jackson County    NC

Nantahala National Forest

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

Ron Lance    rwl_rubus_odoratus

July?    Jackson County    NC

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

JK Marlow    jkm120815_684

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Dense flattened clusters of small single-seeded fleshy fruits (drupes), per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

JK Marlow    jkm150808_675

August    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

JK Marlow    jkm150808_675b

August    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Sepals triangular-ovate and caudate [that is, with a tail-like appendage], per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

JK Marlow    jkm150808_677

August    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaves 10-30cm wide and long, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

JK Marlow    jkm150808_679

August    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Fruit about 2cm wide, not very flavorful, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

JK Marlow    jkm170818_652

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

Inflorescence a compound, flat-topped cyme, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4345

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

Peduncles, pedicels and calyx covered with gland-tipped red trichomes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_rubus_odoratus

September        

Petals rose-purple, obovate, from 0.6 to 1" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

JK Marlow    jkm061104_051

November    Swain County    NC

Cherokee Indian Reservation

Leaves palmately lobed with 3-5 triangular, irregularly toothed, divisions, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Rubacer odoratum, Purple-flowering Raspberry, Thimbleberry

JK Marlow    jkm061104_056

November    Swain County    NC

Cherokee Indian Reservation

Glandular hairs on twigs and petioles, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Rubacer odoratum   FAMILY Rosaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rubus odoratus var. odoratus   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Rubus odoratus

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Rubus odoratus var. columbianus

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 097-05-001:
Rubus odoratus   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Rubacer odoratum

 

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1271

Shrub
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Common in NC Mountains, rare in GA Mountains

Look for it in rocky upland forests, boulderfields, rock outcrops and clearings, moist roadsides, and thickets, especially on base-rich substrates, per Weakley's Flora

map
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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Dry

IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Not armed

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Magenta
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals
5 petals
Numerous stamens

Inflorescence a compound, flat-topped cyme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Aggregate of drupelets

 

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