Thank you to Lassi Kalleinen, aka finnarct@Flickr for sharing today’s photograph with us (original image via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool). Be sure to check out Lassi’s two photo weblogs: CombiPhotoBlog (he shares this one with his wife) and UrbanNature Oulu — excellent photographs (and a chance to learn some Finnish). Today’s BPotD image was used in this weblog posting in combination with a habit image of the plant: Rubus arcticus.
Rubus arcticus has a northern circumpolar distribution. Variously known as Arctic raspberry, nagoonberry, Arctic blackberry, and Arctic bramble in English, the common name in (translated) Russian speaks more to its taste: “berry of kings” (also see Uses in that link). Edibility is also discussed by the Plants for a Future database: Rubus arcticus.
Scans of the original specimens annotated by Linnaeus are available via the Linnean herbarium: Rubus arcticus, with additional photographs from The Swedish Museum of Natural History’s Virtual Flora: Rubus arcticus.