Rubus crataegifolius

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Rubus crataegifolius
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May 2009,Japan
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Rubus
Subgenus: Idaeobatus
Species: R. crataegifolius
Binomial name
Rubus crataegifolius
Bunge

Rubus crataegifolius is a species of raspberry native to East Asia.[1]

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It is a shrub growing to 1–2 m (rarely 3 m) tall. The leaves are 5–12 cm long and 5–8 cm broad, palmately lobed with three or five lobes, and a serrated margin. The flowers are 1–1.5 cm diameter, with five white petals. The fruit is an aggregate fruit 1 cm diameter, made up of numerous drupelets. The species grows on forest margins and mountain slopes, in areas with moist and well-drained soil.

Its fruit is used for food and is sometimes cultivated; the cultivar 'Jingu Jengal' has been selected for its large fruit.[2] Root extracts have been found to contain substances with anti-inflammatory effects in mice.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Plants for a Future :Rubus crataegifolius
  3. ^ Cao Y, Wang Y, Jin H, Wang A, Liu M, Li X (1996). "Anti-inflammatory effects of alcoholic extract of roots of Rubus crataegifolius Bge. (PubMed abstract)". Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi 21 (11): 687–678.