Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2603

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in forests, woodlands, grassy balds, esp common at high elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Compound: floricanes 3 leaflets/ primocanes 5, palmate
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
White
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals
5 petals
Numerous stamens

FRUIT:
Summer
Black
Aggregate of drupelets

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Rubus canadensis   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Rubus canadensis   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-05-010:
Rubus canadensis   FAMILY Rosaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Thornless Blackberry, Smooth Blackberry


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ruca16_001_lvd

        

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Suzanne Foster / USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_ruca16_002_lhd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_ruca16_003_lhp

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120505_959

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm120523_224

May    Graham County    NC

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Glabrous, weakly armed, and found in higher elevations, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm120523_231

May    Graham County    NC

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Primocanes [1st-year, usually flowerless canes] have leaves with 5 leaflets, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Rubus canadensis

JK Marlow    jkm120523_238

May    Graham County    NC

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm120523_241

May    Graham County    NC

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Floricanes [canes that flower and fruit) have leaves with 3 leaflets, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    s120523

May    Graham County    NC

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Primocane leaflets w attenuate to caudate apices, glabrous (or nearly) beneath, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm140607_502

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Similar to R. argutus, whose petals are 2-2.5cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm140607_505

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Similar to R. argutus, whose sepals are 4-6mm long, densely pubescent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm140607_508

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm140607_509

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm150814_813

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Aggregate often smaller than that of R. argutus, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.