WANTED! Bramble observations in Fall/Winter

Hey friends! As the weather starts to cool down I'm sure you will all be out and making more observations in the next couple of months. I have a favor to ask...

Fall isn't the usual time for Brambles to be observed, but that's what makes this the perfect time! I'm on the hunt for a particular blackberry/dewberry bush that is very green right now, when all the others are starting to turn brown. So, if you happen to notice a healthy looking blackberry bush, it's worth documenting!

Here are some key characteristics to look for:

  • Upright, not laying on the ground (typically over 3 feet tall)
  • Leaflets are wider and rounder than what we usually see. Leaves could have 3 or 5 leaflets.
  • The underside of the leaves are whitish, not green like on the top.

If you think you have found one that fits the description, take photos like you usually would, but include a photo of the whole plant and especially one of the back of the leaves. Bonus love for anyone that also wants to photograph the thorns on the lowest part of the main stems and the stem of any spent flowers still attached. (Examples below.) And please tag me!

Bonus love for these extras!

So you might be asking, "What's this all about?" (Or maybe not. If you're like me, you love a scavenger hunt no matter what it's for! Except car keys. SIGH.) Well, if you've been following my posts on Rubus species in Texas, you could probably win Bramble Trivia Night if you recall that we have 3 common species in Texas and 2 much less common species. I'm looking for observations of the "much less common" species. Since they are robust plants this time of year, it's much easier to spot them now than in the spring when all the others are in bloom, too.

Thanks for keeping your eyes open! And beware of the thorns...

Publicado por kimberlietx kimberlietx, 16 de septiembre de 2020



I'll be on the look out

Publicado por lappelbaum hace 4 días (Marca)

My trick is I’m always looking for brambles!

I created a project for Rubus of Texas yesterday, and made you an admin. I think these posts would be great for the project journal there too!


Publicado por atozbotanicals hace 4 días (Marca)

Sounds Good! I will be looking.👀

Publicado por walkingstick2 hace 4 días (Marca)

I don’t look for them but I’ll wear shorts and they’ll find me... tons of dewberries on the property so maybe I’ll come across the golden shin-ripper

Publicado por catenatus hace 4 días (Marca)

@lovebirder Reporting for duty:)

Publicado por lovebirder hace 4 días (Marca)

I will absolutely be looking!,

Publicado por lulubelle hace 4 días (Marca)

I will keep an eye out.

Publicado por galactic_bug_man hace 4 días (Marca)

I will be looking too.

Publicado por abadoo hace 4 días (Marca)

I'll keep my eyes pealed.

Publicado por jsuplick hace 4 días (Marca)

Will do, Kimberlie!

Publicado por kathrynwells333 hace 3 días (Marca)

Would I be likely to find those two less known species this far south?

Publicado por suz hace 3 días (Marca)

@suz The distribution for both of them is unclear, but even less so in your area. I wouldn't go out looking just for them, but if you come across an upright like R. pensilvanicus, take a photo of the back of the leaf. The changes in taxonomy have made searching for voucher specimens extra tricky. Both of these species are reported to be more sandy-soil plants, but that's not to say they are exclusively so.

Publicado por kimberlietx hace 3 días (Marca)

I will be sure to keep an eye out.

Publicado por palustrisphotography hace 3 días (Marca)

I'll be looking.

Publicado por troutlily57 hace 3 días (Marca)

I have a bramble that we have at the Pollinative Prairie that I will tag you in, and some more. The one at the Prairie has bigger leaves than normal. Not sure if maybe it came from someone eating blackberries at the pond while fishing.

Publicado por baxter-slye hace 3 días (Marca)

What is the specific binomial name for the one you are looking for?

Publicado por abadoo hace 3 días (Marca)

Well, I can certainly add some from Oklahoma. Not sure when the next opportunity to observe TX Rubus will be.

Publicado por nathantaylor hace 2 días (Marca)

Will do!

Publicado por oceanicwilderness hace 2 días (Marca)
Publicado por kimberlietx hace alrededor de 17 horas (Marca)

@abadoo I'm looking for R. pascuus and R. bifrons.

Publicado por kimberlietx hace alrededor de 17 horas (Marca)

Will keep my eyes out. The brambles always seem to find me.

Publicado por naturemom hace alrededor de 10 horas (Marca)

Just posted some brambles I found. would have had some more but the pictures didn't turn out.

Publicado por palustrisphotography hace alrededor de 9 horas (Marca)

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