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Bramble -Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus)


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There are many microspecies of bramble, a prickly climbing shrub of the rose family with white flowers and black berries. It grows in scrubland, gardens, wasteland, hedgerows and woodlands. According to old folklore, blackberries must not be eaten after Michaelmas (Sept 29th) because the Devil spits on them. Actually the fruits become mushy at this time due to flies feeding on them. This picture was taken mid October 2005 at Old Warden, Bedfordshire; - by this time most of the fruits are dying off.

15th Oct 2005 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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