Rosaceae (Rose Family)
General - a low, trailing perennial shrub; stems, trailing, woody; leafy branches, erect; stems, softly hairy, thornless.
Leaves - alternate; compound, tri-foliolate; individual leaflets diamond-shaped with tapered points; margins sharply toothed; surfaces hairless.
Flowers - 1-3 white (sometimes pinkish) flowers in a loose cluster on slender stalks, from the branch ends; individual flowers have 5 petals; appearing late May to early June.
Fruit - dark-red, roundish raspberry; ripening from July to September
Common throughout NW Ontario's boreal region, across a wide range of soil/site conditions except for the poorest of forest habitats.
The Dwarf Raspberry may be confused with the Woodland Srawberry and Common Strawberry, but the strawberries lack a trailing, woody stem. The berries are edible but are smaller and less succulent than those of the Wild Red Raspberry.
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