berry identification?

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by canned chicken, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. canned chicken

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    Hi- Can anyone help me identify this berry? The berry in this pic looks like a salmonberry, but the leaves are clover-shaped with 5 lobes to the leaf and grouped ramdomly, instead of the salmonberry which are more jagged and grouped in 3s. This plant is also a prostrate mat-forming shrub, not as upright as a salmonberry. Thanks!
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Similar to Cloudberry Rubus chamaemorus, but a close relative, rather than exactly that species.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, and Rubus pentalobus is now R. rolfei, so Rubus rolfei 'Formosan Carpet'. Grown more as an ornamental, but the berries are delicious.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    In which case the specific naming sequence would now be calycinoides > pentalobus > hayata-koidzumii > rolfei!

    All within comparatively recent years.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Today it was pointed out to me that Rubus fockeanus has also been listed as a synonym for this species.
     
  7. canned chicken

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    Thanks! That definitely looks like a + ID. It's being used as ground cover on a hillside near my house. Is it edible? Sounds like at least one you you guys like the taste, but this website says it's not edible: http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/rubus-calycinoides-formosan-carpet/. I've been taking a berry or two on my way home and I seem OK. It's definitely delicious! Thanks,
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Here's a sign on a planting at an apartment building several blocks away from me. It's using the first name Ron gives, in posting #5, and indicates that the plant was obtained from UBCBG. The words "Edible Berry Crop" are only partly obscured. The building caretaker encouraged me to enjoy the berries.
     

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