Common Blackberry - Sand Blackberry
Rubus cuneifolius (Pursh), Syn: R. allegheniensis
Rosaceae (Rose) Family


Pink-flowered Blackberry
Photo courtesy Shon Scott, Brewton, Alabama
April 2013

All blackberry species have erect to arching biennial stems with prickles that are usually hooked. The plants grow to 3 or 4 feet tall. Preferred habitat is dry places, fencerows, old fields, pastures, thin pine lands, and oak woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaflets are oblanceolate to obovate, broadest above the middle. The leaf apex is acute to rounded, whitish to grayish and softly hairy to the touch underneath.

The flowers are symmetrical in form and bisexual in nature. The five petals are usually white, rarely pink. The sepals are hairy.

Fruit is an aggregate of drupelets; edible.

The plant is a very common early invader of cleared woods, often increasing in density with clearcutting. Synonyms by which this plant is known are R. abundiflorus, R. betulifolius, R. floridensis, and R. floridus.

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