Index of Species Information

SPECIES:  Rubus chamaemorus


SPECIES: Rubus chamaemorus
AUTHORSHIP AND CITATION : Coladonato, Milo. 1993. Rubus chamaemorus. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: [].
ABBREVIATION : RUBCHA SYNONYMS : NO-ENTRY SCS PLANT CODE : RUCH COMMON NAMES : cloudberry bake-apple baked-apple berry TAXONOMY : The currently accepted scientific name for cloudberry is Rubus chamaemorus L. [16,37]. There are no recognized subspecies, varieties, or forms. LIFE FORM : Shrub, Forb FEDERAL LEGAL STATUS : No special status OTHER STATUS : NO-ENTRY


SPECIES: Rubus chamaemorus
GENERAL DISTRIBUTION : Cloudberry has a circumboreal distribution. In North America it occurs from Alaska, across Canada to Greenland and Labrador and south to New York [1,16,30]. ECOSYSTEMS : FRES10 White - red - jack pine FRES11 Spruce - fir FRES19 Aspen - birch FRES24 Hemlock - Sitka spruce STATES : AK CT ME MA NH NY RI AB BC NB NF NT NS ON PE PQ YT BLM PHYSIOGRAPHIC REGIONS : NO-ENTRY KUCHLER PLANT ASSOCIATIONS : K001 Spruce - cedar - hemlock forest K094 Conifer bog K095 Great Lakes pine forest K096 Northeastern spruce - fir forest K108 Northern hardwoods - spruce forest SAF COVER TYPES : 1 Jack pine 12 Black spruce 13 Black spruce - tamarack 16 Aspen 17 Pin cherry 107 White spruce 223 Sitka spruce 225 Western hemlock - Sitka spruce SRM (RANGELAND) COVER TYPES : NO-ENTRY HABITAT TYPES AND PLANT COMMUNITIES : Cloudberry occurs as a dominant or codominant in a variety of habitats within its range. It occurs as an understory component in open or closed forest habitats, primarily in the black spruce-sphagnum (Picea mariana-Sphagnum spp.) community type. Cloudberry also dominates or codominates in dwarf-shrub types, bogs, muskegs, and open tussock tundra [3,6,7,26]. The following publications list cloudberry as a dominant or codominant species: Forest community types of west-central Alberta in relation to selected environmental factors [6] Preliminary forest plant association management guide [7] Vegetation types in northwestern Alaska and comparisons with communities in other Artic regions [13] Classification and ordination of southern boreal forest from the Hondo-Slave Lake area of central Alberta [19] The vegetation and retrogressive changes of peat areas ("muskegs") in central Alberta [21] Classification of peatlands in Newfoundland [27] Associated understory species of cloudberry include dwarf arctic birch (Betula nana), bog birch (B. glandulosa), red raspberry (Rubus idaeus), bog labrador tea (Ledum groenlandicum), low sweet blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), Saskatoon serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia), bog laurel (Kalmia polifolia), feathermoss (Pleurozium schreberi), reindeer lichens (Cladonia spp.), and sphagnum mosses [2,7,13].


SPECIES: Rubus chamaemorus
IMPORTANCE TO LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE : The leaves and twigs of cloudberry are browsed by moose and caribou [23]. In the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, moose and caribou occasionally browse the new shoots [20]. PALATABILITY : NO-ENTRY NUTRITIONAL VALUE : NO-ENTRY COVER VALUE : NO-ENTRY VALUE FOR REHABILITATION OF DISTURBED SITES : NO-ENTRY OTHER USES AND VALUES : The berries of cloudberry are used by the Inuit to make jam and as a flavoring in ice cream [15,29]. OTHER MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : NO-ENTRY


SPECIES: Rubus chamaemorus
GENERAL BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS : Cloudberry is a herbaceous perennial forb 4 to 12 inches (10-30 cm) high. It is prostrate to erect in form with slender, creeping, woody rhizomes. The leaves are 1 to 3 inches (2-8 cm) long. The aggregate fruit is composed of 6 to 18 large drupelets [16,22,32]. RAUNKIAER LIFE FORM : Hemicryptophyte Geophyte REGENERATION PROCESSES : Cloudberry reproduces primarily vegetatively from rhizomes. It also reproduces by seed [5,15,17]. SITE CHARACTERISTICS : Cloudberry grows on a broad range of sites from dry to wet but is most common on wetter sites. It reaches its greatest cover on raised bogs, meadows, and freshwater marshes [14,24,27]. SUCCESSIONAL STATUS : Cloudberry is shade tolerant. In the bog flats of southwestern Alaska, it was one of the first species to come in after dense sphagnum cover was established [8]. Cloudberry is an important component in the understory of mid- to late-seral northern woodlands [24,31,38]. SEASONAL DEVELOPMENT : In the southern parts of its range cloudberry flowers in June and July and the berries ripen in late August and early September [37].


SPECIES: Rubus chamaemorus
FIRE ECOLOGY OR ADAPTATIONS : Fire is very common in the ericaceous shrub-tussock tundra where cloudberry grows. Fires burns with varying degrees of severity depending on the available fuel and moisture. Cloudberry sprouts from the rhizomes after aboveground vegetation is destroyed or damaged by fire [4,9,11,35]. FIRE REGIMES : Find fire regime information for the plant communities in which this species may occur by entering the species name in the FEIS home page under "Find Fire Regimes". POSTFIRE REGENERATION STRATEGY : Rhizomatous herb, rhizome in soil


SPECIES: Rubus chamaemorus
IMMEDIATE FIRE EFFECT ON PLANT : Fire top-kills cloudberry. The rhizomes are not usually damaged by low- to medium-severity fires [4,14]; however, the rhizomes usually do not penetrate deep into the soil and consequently may be killed by severe fires [25] DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF FIRE EFFECT : NO-ENTRY PLANT RESPONSE TO FIRE : In the second growing season after the Wickersham Dome fire near Fairbanks, Alaska, cloudberry reached a density of 3.9 percent and a frequency of 56 percent [36]. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF PLANT RESPONSE : NO-ENTRY FIRE MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : NO-ENTRY

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