Three-Leaf Raspberry
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Three-Leaf Raspberry
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Three-Leaf Raspberry
Botanical name: Rubus pedunculosus    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Rubus hypargyrus, Rubus niveus var. pedunculosus

Three-Leaf Raspberry is a rambling spiny shrub up to 2 m, with slender finely-hairy young branches with recurved thorns, leaves with 3 leaflets and pink flowers. The flowers are distinctive in having narrow-triangular long-pointed sepals much longer than the petals. Petals are pink, ovate, 7-10 x 4-6 mm. Flowers are few usually borne in short flat-topped finely-hairy clusters. Calyx is up to 1.4 cm long. The plant is quite variable. Leaflets are ovate, long-pointed with double-toothed margins, 2.5-6 x 2-5 cm, densely woolly below, velvet-hairy above. Fruit is orange to red. Three-Leaf Raspberry is found in the Himalayas, from Himachal Pradesh to SW China, at altitudes of 2200-3300 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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