Rosaceae (Rose) Family
Plant i an erect or semi-reclining, scrubby plant up to 12 high; sprawling in small colonies with white flowers. Preferred habitat is in rocky woods, thickets, fence rows and open meadows. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are small, maple-like, 3-5 leaf lobes and compound; sometimes heart-shaped at base; short leaf stalks; often crinkled, dark green.
Flowers are white, about 1-1/2 inch wide; rose-like in shape; many stamens and pistils. Flowers occur in the spring and early summer.
Fruit is a drupe similar to blackberry but doesnt reach the deep rosy coloring of that species; usually light to dark amber in color (giving the appearance of being unripe) and has an odor similar to apples.
Cloudberry is closely related to the raspberry and is usually associated with the New England states but it is known to grow profusely in higher elevations of Georgia and Tennessee. The cloudberry known in this area is a dwarf form and its leaves are much smaller than its northern cousins. It has scattered spines on the stems similar to blackberry and dewberry but are soft and harmless. The fruit is an excellent food, but is usually overlooked because of its unripe appearance.