CLOUDBERRY

Rubus chamaemorus

Rose Family [Rosaceae]  

Flowers:
month8jun month8june month8jul month8july

Berries: berryZpossible        berryZred berryZorange  (edible)
berry8Aug berry8Sep berry8Sept berry8Oct

status
statusZnative
flower
flower8white
inner
inner8cream
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
stem
stem8round
sex
sexZbisexual
dioecious

1st June 2009, Torside Castle, Bleaklow, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
Carpets the moist ground with largish mallow-like leaves.


1st June 2009, Torside Castle, Bleaklow, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
 Very shy flowerer. It is a dioecious plant, with separate plants bearing male or female flowers. With stamens this is a male plant.


1st June 2009, Torside Castle, Bleaklow, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
 Being a member of the Rose Family, has five white petals. Sepals pointed. A male plant with numerous yellow anthers.


1st June 2009, Torside Castle, Bleaklow, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
 A female plant with numerous stigmas. Most flowers are not as perfect as this one with 5 un-bespoiled petals.


1st June 2009, Torside Castle, Bleaklow, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
 Some specimens have only four petals.


21st May 2008, Bleaklow Hill, Dark Peak District. Photo: © RWD
 Whilst others once had five, but some have dropped off


1st June 2009, Torside Castle, Bleaklow, Derbys. Photo: © RWD
 All petals have dropped off leaving just the now red sepals.


21st May 2008, Bleaklow Hill, Dark Peak District. Photo: © RWD
 Two petals missing.


16th June 2009, Alphin Pike, Stalybridge, Gtr Mcr.. Photo: © RWD
 Turning to fruit.


16th June 2009, Alphin Pike, Stalybridge, Gtr Mcr.. Photo: © RWD
 The as-yet un-fused red berries within the curled-up sepals.


6th July 2013, Bleaklow, Glossop. Photo: © RWD
 Berry bursting out from within its sepals, several remnant stigmas on display, presumably one for each ovary.


August 2004, Margery Hill, Near Bleaklow, Pennines. Photo: © RWD
 Berries fused, unusually turning from red (unripe) to orangish (ripe).


August 2004, Margery Hill, Near Bleaklow, Pennines. Photo: © RWD
 The berries are edible.


21st May 2008, Bleaklow Hill, Dark Peak District. Photo: © RWD
The shiny, toothed leaves have five rounded lobes and are very crinkled. Look similar to Mallow leaves.


6th July 2013, Bleaklow, Glossop. Photo: © RWD
The teeth of the leaves are red-tipped with Hydathodes, which eliminate excess water.


Cloudberry is closely related to the Brambles, but unlike those, possesses no thorns. It spreads from creeping rootstock very low along the ground, never reaching more than 8 inches in height. It inhabits damp or wettish acid moorland and peaty bogs. The leaves are palmate, crinkly and usually solitary, and not in threes like most other brambles.

Cloudberry is a very shy flowerer.

The berries change from red to pale orange, and are edible. They have an unusual fused appearance rather reminiscent of a mass of conjoined soap bubbles.

Cloudberry is a dioecious plant with male and female flowers on separate plants.


  Rubus chamaemorus  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Rosaceae  

Distribution
family8rose family8Rosaceae

 BSBI maps
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Rubus
(Brambles)

CLOUDBERRY

Rubus chamaemorus

Rose Family [Rosaceae]  

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