Welcome to the world of Brambles!

In the UK and Ireland there are more than 350 named microspecies of the Rubus fruticosus aggregate, but recording of these is complicated by the fact that in any single county many unnamed entities (local taxa) may occur – by convention scientific names are only published for those occurring more widely. Nonetheless it is a misconception that brambles are a difficult critical group amongst the vascular plants. They have a number of characters that are relatively easy to assess in the field and can be tackled by any competent botanist willing to devote a reasonable amount of time to them. This web site (started in 2015) is intended only to give a flavour of the amazing diversity of brambles in the British Isles and hopefully provide some inspiration to botanists hoping to take up the study of British Rubi. Presently, most of the species illustrated are commoner ones found in southern England (photographed mainly in Hampshire and West Sussex), but examples of a few rare ones are included, and eventually I hope to illustrate 50% of the British flora. This is the first time photographs have ever been published for many of the species shown here.

Some information on identifying the various bramble groups is given on the Rubus classification page. In due course I will add further notes for beginners, but for now the key points to look for are mentioned in the photo captions on the species pages. For further information on studying and identying brambles go to the Rubus study page and see my step by step guide to collecting and pressing brambles.

Viewing photos

If viewing on a desktop computer many of the photos can be clicked to enlarge on the screen (or use Ctrl+mouse scroll to zoom the page); however, there is no need to do this if using a touch screen tablet or smartphone. Just use two fingers to zoom in or out, or double tap to maximise the width of the photo (or text column) on the screen. Photos of flowers and stems have generally been included at higher resolution so that fine details such as hairs and glands may be more easily seen.

Contact information

All photographs are copyright. Please contact me (John Norton) if you would like to use any photos in any way or link this page in your web site. Many of the photos are available at high resolution for publishing. See my home page for contact details or e-mail to web at jnecology dot com. I would also be pleased to receive comments or feedback on this site. See also the Facebook group.

Alphabetical index

(go to Taxonomic index)

Rubus adenoleucus – Section Corylifolii

Rubus albionis – Series Sylvatici

Rubus armeniacus – Series Discolores

Rubus armipotens – Series Discolores

Rubus arrheniiformis – Section Rubus

Rubus asperidens – Series Hystrices

Rubus bercheriensis – Series Hystrices

Rubus caesius – Section Caesii

Rubus calvatus – Series Sylvatici

Rubus cardiophyllus – Series Rhamnifolii

Rubus chloophyllus – Series Sylvatici

Rubus cissburiensis – Series Rhamnifolii

Rubus conjungens – Section Corylifolii

Rubus dentatifolius – Series Anisacanthi

Rubus echinatus – Series Radulae

Rubus elegantispinosus – Series Rhamnifolii

Rubus errabundus – Series Sylvatici

Rubus flexuosus – Series Radulae

Rubus glareosus – Series Micantes

Rubus insectifolius – Series Radulae

Rubus leightonii – Series Micantes

Rubus leyanus – Series Anisacanthi

Rubus lindleianus – Series Sylvatici

Rubus macrophyllus – Series Sylvatici

Rubus micans – Series Micantes

Rubus melanodermis – Series Micantes

Rubus moylei – Series Micantes

Rubus milfordensis – Series Rhamnifolii

Rubus morganwgensis – Series Anisacanthi

Rubus mucronatiformis – Series Mucronati

Rubus nemoralis – Series Rhamnifolii

Rubus nemorosus – Section Corylifolii

Rubus nessensis – Section Rubus

Rubus phaeocarpus – Series Hystrices

Rubus platyacanthus – Series Sylvatici

Rubus plicatus – Section Rubus

Rubus polyanthemus – Series Rhamnifolii

Rubus prolongatus – Series Rhamnifolii

Rubus pruinosus – Section Corylifolii

Rubus scaber – Section Glandulosi

Rubus scabripes – Series Hystrices

Rubus sectiramus – Series Radulae

Rubus sprengelii – Series Sprengeliani

Rubus subinermoides – Series Rhamnifolii

Rubus tuberculatus – Section Corylifolii

Rubus thyrsigeriformis – Series Hystrices

Rubus ulmifolius – Series Discolores

Rubus vestitus – Series Vestiti

Rubus vigorosus – Section Rubus