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Northern Dewberry, Common Dewberry - Rubus flagellaris


Family: Rosaceae - Rose family Genus Common Name: Blackberry Native Status: NativeLiana
Rubus flagellaris - Northern Dewberry, Common Dewberry. Rubus flagellaris - Northern Dewberry - is plant with a trailing stem running along the ground for up to 15 feet. The stem has scattered hooked prickles, and is green when young, brown when older. The fruiting stems rise from the trailing stem, sometimes rising to 4 feet above the ground. The leaves are compound, usually trifoliate, with the three leaflets having a serrated edge.

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AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

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Rubus flagellaris

Distribution of Rubus flagellaris in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 17 Oct 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-April-17Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D60
1/125f/5.6 ISO500
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv) Flash: Yes
The Northern Dewberry blossom is typical of the rose family, with 5 white petals and numerous stamens and carpels.
Rubus flagellaris

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-April-17Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/320f/8 ISO100
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv)
Northern dewberry's blossoms (and fruit) grow from stems arising alternately from the trailing stem. These erect fruiting stems may be from several inches to a few feet tall.

Yes, Rubus flagellaris frequently shares habitat with poison ivy.
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Rubus flagellaris

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