A berry new to science has been identified on Seopseom, one of Jeju's uninhabited satellite islets. The Korea Forest Service announced the finding on Sept. 15, and the berry has been called Rubus jejuensis.
It is about 3 meters, which is more than the average for berry trees of 1.5 meters, and it is evergreen with barely any thorns on its leaves and stem. Its leaves are 20 centimeters in length compared with 10 centimeters on most other berry plants.
▲ Photo courtesy Korea Forest Service
Warm-temperate Subtropical Forest Research unit at the Korea Forest Service and the National Institute of Biological Resources have conducted studies on its habitat and characteristics and about 200 trees were found on the island. It is adapted to a subtropical climate and is the largest such tree among similar spices.
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