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Red Raspberry - Rubus idaeus

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Stems erect or lax, glabrous to pubescent, 20–150 cm Leaves with 3 to 5 lanceolate, coarsely dentate, ovate leaflets, 2–9 cm long, usually tomentose beneath. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered cymes from leaf axils; hypanthium stipitate-glandular, tomentose, 1–2 mm long; sepals acuminate-lanceolate, 6–11 mm long; petals white, spreading, 4–6 mm long. Fruit a hemispheric, red raspberry 8–12 mm across (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are varieties strigosus (Michx.) Maxim. and peramoenus (Greene) Fernald

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Circumboreal south to OR, NM, SD and MO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 873

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Open forest, woodlands, along streams, on brushy, often burned-over slopes, especially rock slides; plains, valleys to subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Martinka, R.R. 1970. Structural characteristics and ecological relationships of male blue grouse (Dendragapus obscurus (Say)) territories in southwestern Montana. Ph.D Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 73 p.
    • Pallister, G.L. 1974. The seasonal distribution and range use of bighorn sheep in the Beartooth Mountains, with special reference to the West Rosebud and Stillwater herds. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 67 p.
    • Steerey, W. F. 1979. Distribution, range use and population characteristics of Mule Deer associated with the Schafer Creek winter range, Bridger Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 119 p.
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