Rubus pedatus Sm.
five-leaved bramble (creeping raspberry; strawberryleaf raspberry)
Rosaceae (Rose family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Dave Ingram     (Photo ID #17247)


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Distribution of Rubus pedatus
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Species Information

Perennial herb with slender, long-creeping (to 1 m) stolons or runners, rooting at the nodes and producing short (10 cm or less), erect flowering shoots with 1 to 4 leaves; unarmed, fine-hairy to nearly smooth.
Alternate, deciduous (some persisting through the winter), long-stalked, palmately compound; leaflets usually 5, sometimes 3 with the lateral leaflets divided nearly to the base, egg- to diamond-shaped, 1-3 cm long, irregularly coarse-double-toothed to cleft, smooth except for hairy veins beneath; stipules membranous, egg-shaped.
Inflorescence of single long-stalked flowers on erect leafy shoots, the stalks very slender, 2-8 cm long; corollas white, the petals 5, oblong, 6-10 mm long, spreading or bent back; calyces smooth or sparsely hairy, 5-lobed, the lobes lanceolate, often few-toothed near the tip, 4-11 mm long, bent back; ovaries superior; stamens numerous.
Drupelets, smooth, 1 to 6, more or less coherent in a small red raspberry-like cluster that remains attached to the receptacle, the berries about 1 cm wide.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Rubus pedatus

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
1095 0 2750
Slope Gradient (%)
21 0 350

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

348 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 0 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

AT(2), BAFA(3), BWBS(74), CMA(4), CWH(1649), ESSF(3482), ICH(2034), IDF(30), MH(528), MS(419), SBPS(30), SBS(1529), SWB(35)

Habitat and Range

Moist to mesic open forests, glades and streambanks in the lowland to subalpine zones; common throughout BC, especially south; N to AK, E to AB and S to MT, ID and OR.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia