Dehydrated Blackberry

Rubus fruticosus
Donated by Beth Franken, Ph.D.

Weight: 1 g

Dehydrated blackberry

This dried blackberry was discovered in the donor’s residence in an indoor sun porch, under a plant stand. The conjecture is that the blackberry dropped to the floor due to some sort of juvenile ruckus, perhaps when a child was tossing food in the air and attempting to catch it in his mouth. Alternatively, it may have been the fallout of a fraternal food fight.

The specimen is lightweight and has one flattened side, but otherwise has retained its shape quite well. Like the raspberry, the blackberry is an aggregate, made up of individual drupes. Unlike the raspberry, which, when it’s picked, is hollow, the blackberry includes receptacle tissue in its center.  NEXT >

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