East-Asian Raspberry
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East-Asian Raspberry
P Native Photo: Nongthombam Ullysess
Common name: East-Asian Raspberry, Korean creeping raspberry
Botanical name: Rubus pungens    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Rubus hirsutopungens, Rubus hayatae

East-Asian Raspberry is a scrambling shrub 1-2 m long, slender branches with numerous straight or curved prickles. Flowers are borne singly or 2, at branch-ends on leafy shoots. Petals are white or pink 6-8 mm, oblong, obovate or round. Sepal-cup has dense slender prickles and short gland-tipped hairs, sepals ovate, 6-10 mm, with a tapering tip, appressed velvet-hairy. Leafy branchlets are short, thinly hairy and with slender hooked prickles, eglandular. Leaves are pinnate, with 5-7 leaflets which are ovate, 1-5 x 0.7-4 cm, pointed or shortly tapering, base rounded, margins shallowly lobed and sharply sawtoothed, sparsely velvet-hairy on both surfaces with prickles on veins beneath. Leaf-stalks are 2-4 cm long, grooved, prickly; stipules linear, 5-7 mm. Fruit is orange, druplets 6-20, velvet-hairy. East-Asian Raspberry is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to NE India, N. Burma, China, Korea, Japan, at altitudes of 2400-3800 m. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed below Gulmarg, Kashmir.

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