(Rubus humulifolius)

A plant portion of siperianlillukka

Family: Rosaceae

Siperianlillukka is a fruit fromnorthern temperate region, particularly from Scandavavia and Russia.

            It is seen growing wild in coniferous forests and moist thickets.


Perennial herb, dwarf, 10–30 cm tall.

            Rhizomes creeping, blackish brown, slender, much branched; stems erect or ascending, soft hairy, rarely glabrous, prickly-bristly.

            Leaves simple; petiole 2–6 cm, pubescent or subglabrous, ± prickly-bristly; stipules often caducous, inconspicuous; blade cordate or reniform-cordate, 4–8 × 3.5–9 cm, abaxially greenish, pubescent, with few bristles, adaxially green, bristly pilose at first, glabrescent, base cordate, margin palmately 3–5-lobed; lobes ovate or suborbicular, apex obtuse or acute, irregularly doubly serrate.

            Inflorescences terminal, 1-flowered, rarely 2- or 3-flowered; pedicel 1–2 cm, bristly; calyx abaxially pubescent; sepals erect or spreading, narrowly lanceolate, 7–9 mm, apex caudate; petals white, lanceolate, longer than sepals, apex acuminate; stamens many, much shorter than petals; filaments of outer stamens dilated.

            Aggregate fruit red at maturity, globose, ca. 1 cm wide, glabrous; pyrenes foveolate.


The fruits are edible and eaten by local people.  These are, however, not collected for sale.

Ripe fruits of siperianlillukka


Siperianlillukka grows in wild only and has not yet been brought under cultivation except for plants planted as specimens in botanical and herbal gardens.