Random Plant: Salmonberry

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Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis, Rosaceae) photographed 04/26/2013 at Redwood National Park, California.

Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis, Rosaceae) can be found in damp forests along the Pacific coast from Alaska to California. Similar to the raspberry, this woody perennial forms dense prickly thickets. It blooms through the spring and early summer and the purple five-petaled flowers are rather attractive. The edible fruit matures in late summer or early autumn. The common name allegedly comes from a traditional dish that combined the fruit with locally abundant salmon. I suspect it could have as easily come from the color of the flowers or fruit.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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