Scientific Name: Rubus fruticosus (Rosaceae). Actually an aggregate of dozens of microspecies.
English Name: Blackberry; Bramble (Rose family).
French Name: La Ronce commune.
5 Key Characters:
- very variable in terms of prickles, flower colour, leaf shape, fruit (shape, colour, flavour).
- scrambling shrub with arched prickly angled stems.
- leaves with 3-5 leaflets.
- flowers white or pink, petals often crinkly.
- fruit red then shiny black.
Lookalikes: Cultivated Rubus spp and varieties.
Habitat: Scrub, woods, wasteland, hedgerows.
Flowering Period: May-June-July-August-September.
Status: Very common and often invasive.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: