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Rubus hastiformis, Plymouth

Observed: 12th August 2013 By: Plymouth PhilPlymouth Phil’s reputation in PlantsPlymouth Phil’s reputation in PlantsPlymouth Phil’s reputation in PlantsPlymouth Phil’s reputation in Plants
Rubus hastiformis, Plymouth, Plym Bridge 5
Rubus hastiformis, Plymouth, Plym Bridge 2
Rubus hastiformis, Plymouth, Plym Bridge 3
Rubus hastiformis, Plymouth, Plym Bridge 4

Abundant in several woods about Plymouth. Also found in Sussex, Devon, S and Mid-Wales, Ireland and France (Brittany).

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Hi, it would be really useful for us non bramble experts if you could add some notes as to why it is this species.

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Or even ...

... a mention of which series it belongs to, and why it is that series.

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Rubus hastiformis id notes

OK, I will try and be of help but remember I am a bramble novice myself although I have been helped by various experts and have Edees and Newton's "Brambles of the British Isles" book to refer to.

R. hastiformis belongs to the series Micantes. That is because it has stalked glands present on the stem (called 'primocane' in the the first year's flowerless shoot). Also the prickles are confined to the angles of the stem. Hairs on stem, if present, less obvious than stalked glands. Stalked glands and acicles unequal. All the above combined puts the bramble in the series Micantes (which also includes species which do not fit satisfactorily into other series).

I think it is best if I give you the Diagnostic Characters for R. hastiformis taken directly from the book. It says 'Stem with numerous hairs, stalked glands and pricklets; pricklets often rather short and slender; leaflets becoming hard beneath; terminal leaflet obovate, with an acuminate apex and straight sides converging to a narrow base; rachis nearly straight, densely hairy, with numerous unequal stalked glands not exceeding the hair and scattered short prickles; inflorescence lax with long ascending few-flowered peduncles; flowers showy; sepals leafy-pointed, erect; petals pink; stamens long; styles red; receptacle hairy.'

I hope the above is helpful. It shows what characters are used to describe a bramble but, even with Edees and Newton, the learning curve is slow.....but brambles are really interesting!