Easily confused with :
Flower () [plants with similar names belonging to differing families]
Uniquely identifiable characteristics
Distinguishing Feature :
Salmonberry is a neophyte which has naturalised in hedges and woods across Britain. It is in the Rubus genus subgenus 5: Idaeobatus which contains other edible fruits such as Raspberry and
Japanese Wineberry. There exist quite a few other subgenera of Rubus genus containing various other fruits, amongst them
Thimbleberry, etc, but your Author wont list the subgenera for fear they all might change places as taxonomists change their minds over and over again then back again...
'Salmonberry' and 'False Salmonberry de-convolved':
According to Blamey, Fitter & Fitter 'Wild Flowers' book, Rubus parviflorus is called
Thimbleberry, aka Salmonberry. The latter is wrong: only
Thimbleberry should now not be used as a Common Name for Rubus parviflorus.
Also according to Blamey, Fitter & Fitter 'Wild Flowers' book, Rubus spectabilis is called False Salmonberry. False Salmonberry should now not be used as the common name for Rubus spectabilis, but rather
Confused? So was your Author! But the famous taxonomist Clive Stace has sorted out this confusion:
Salmonberry is Rubus spectabilis and Thimbleberry is Rubus parviflorus - and there is no False Salmonberry!.
A purple to dull-blue dye can be extracted from the fruit.