Rosaceae: Rose Family — Strawberry, Blackberry & Thimbleberry
Plants in the Rose family include many of our best-loved ornamentals and fruits. The flowers usually have 5 petals, 5 sepals and numerous stamens, attached to a saucer- or bowl-shaped hypanthium. Often the oval leaves are toothed, and there is a stipule at the petiole base. This page shows strawberries (genus Fragaria) and the blackberry group (genus Rubus). The fruits in the Rubus genus are divided into “blackberry-type” (the receptacle comes away with the fruit when it is picked) and “raspberry-type” (the fruit separates easily from the receptacle when picked). The difference is immediately apparent, even in store-bought fruit.