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...

פורסם על-ידי kimberlietx kimberlietx, ספטמבר 16, 2020 07:57 אחה"צ



I'll be on the look out

פורסם על-ידי lappelbaum לפני 6 ימים (סמן)

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!


פורסם על-ידי atozbotanicals לפני 6 ימים (סמן)

Sounds Good! I will be looking.👀

פורסם על-ידי walkingstick2 לפני 6 ימים (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי catenatus לפני 6 ימים (סמן)

@lovebirder Reporting for duty:)

פורסם על-ידי lovebirder לפני 6 ימים (סמן)

I will absolutely be looking!,

פורסם על-ידי lulubelle לפני 6 ימים (סמן)

I will keep an eye out.

פורסם על-ידי galactic_bug_man לפני 6 ימים (סמן)

I will be looking too.

פורסם על-ידי abadoo לפני 6 ימים (סמן)

I'll keep my eyes pealed.

פורסם על-ידי jsuplick לפני 6 ימים (סמן)

Will do, Kimberlie!

פורסם על-ידי kathrynwells333 לפני 5 ימים (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי suz לפני 5 ימים (סמן)

@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.

פורסם על-ידי kimberlietx לפני 5 ימים (סמן)

I will be sure to keep an eye out.

פורסם על-ידי palustrisphotography לפני 5 ימים (סמן)

I'll be looking.

פורסם על-ידי troutlily57 לפני 5 ימים (סמן)

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.

פורסם על-ידי baxter-slye לפני 5 ימים (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי abadoo לפני 5 ימים (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי nathantaylor לפני 4 ימים (סמן)

Will do!

פורסם על-ידי oceanicwilderness לפני 4 ימים (סמן)
פורסם על-ידי kimberlietx לפני 3 ימים (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי kimberlietx לפני 3 ימים (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי naturemom לפני 2 ימים (סמן)

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

פורסם על-ידי palustrisphotography לפני 2 ימים (סמן)

I'll keep an eye out. I'll be out in the woods hunting a lot, as well as monitoring woodpeckers, so will have lots of opportunities!

פורסם על-ידי dcarrie לפני בערך 19 שעות (סמן)

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