Sunday, 12 September 2010

A bramble that you can actually identify


These images are of Rubus laciniatus, a species of bramble that even boasts an 'English' name - that of Cut-leaved Bramble. There are currently 334 microspecies of rubus recognised in the UK and I can only recognise one of them, the one pictured here. I might be able to identify more, but, to be honest, I haven't really tried. I imagine that to do so might involve keys, microscopes and a dictionary to decipher such words as 'acicles' and 'tomentose'.

This plant was found on Headley Heath in Surrey. It is, in fact, an alien species to the UK and well-known for its good fruit.

2 comments:

  1. Our 'tomentose' have done really well this year in our porch. We are still picking them...

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  2. Thank you Stewart, I wondered what it meant!

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