Darjeeling Raspberry
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Darjeeling Raspberry
P Native Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Darjeeling Raspberry, Himalayan Raspberry, Bhutan Raspberry
Botanical name: Rubus calycinoides    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Rubus bhotanensis, Rubus himalaicus, Rubus fallax, Rubus darschilingensis

Darjeeling Raspberry is a shrub, erect or arching,1-2 m or more. Flowers are 2-2.5 cm across, borne in leaf-axils and at branch-ends, in racemes or panicles, 2-15 cm, 2-20-flowered, flowers clustered in axils and along main axis of inflorescence. Petals are white, obovate to rounded, clawed, about 7 mm in diameter, shorter than or equalling sepals. Sepals are erect or spreading at anthesis, lanceshaped to widely ovate, 1.1-1.5 cm. Stamens are equalling petals; filaments linear, gradually and slightly broadened toward base. Pistils longer than stamens Flower-stalks are 2-15 mm, variable in length within a single inflorescence. Branchlets are green, velutinous or woolly. Leaves are simple, silky or nearly hairless above, without prickles, silky below, midrib with or without minute straight or hooked prickles. Leaf-stalks are 3-11 cm, silky or minutely woolly. Leaf blade is ovate to widely ovate or nearly round in outline, 5-20 x 5.5-22 cm, base shallowly to deeply heart-shaped, tip pointed to shortly tapering, shallowly 3- or 5-lobed, lobes pointed or rounded, margins minutely singly or doubly minutely toothed to toothed-sawtoothed, finely and more or less prominently netveined above and below. The raspberry is enclosed by sepal-cup or slightly protruding, red, spherical to ovoid, 1.2-1.5 cm in diameter, hairless. Darjeeling Raspberry is found in Eastern Himalaya, from Nepal to Bhutan, NE India and Myanmar, at altitudes of 1300-2100 m

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in cultivation in Shimla.

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