Northern Dewberry, Rubus flagellaris
Rosaceae or Rose Family

Plant with young fruit

Low, trailing vine, running along the ground and over other vegetation. Stems narrow, with very small, weak, curved prickles. Leaves not opposite each other, divided into three (sometimes 5) roughly oval leaflets with large teeth. Flowers white, with 5 petals, typical of any raspberry or blackberry. Fruit a small blackberry, red, turning black when mature. Flowers in spring, fruits mid to late summer

A native bramble. Occasional in Wildwood in open places, especially on the low cliffs above Wildwood Drive.

The Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora lists 4 species of dewberry in Virginia, but only this one has been reported from Wildwood. Common blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis), Wineberry (Rubus phoenicolasius), and Black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) are all taller, arching brambles with larger leaves, flowers and berries and different thorns.

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