thimbleberry Rosaceae Rubus parviflorus
Leaf:Simple, alternate, deciduous, large (3 to 10 inches in diameter) and palmately lobed (3 to 5 lobes); margins serrate, dark green and velvety on both surfaces (glandular hairs).
Flower:Perfect, complete; large (about 1 inch in diameter), broad white petals with a texture like crinkled tissue paper, occur terminally, either singly or in small clusters, appearing in early summer.
Fruit:Red raspberries (aggregate of drupelets) in the shape of a flattened dome, sparse, long hairs; edible, but taste varies. Pull free from the torus (central core), leaving a thimble-like appearance.
Twig:New stems are green and glandular; older stems have bark that is thin, tan, and papery. Unarmed.
Form:An erect, spindly shrub that commonly grows to 6 feet tall, often forms thickets.