Rubus scabripes – Series Hystrices

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This range of this bramble extends from western France to south-west England, but it also occurs in parts of Warwickshire and is thinly scattered across Hampshire. Amongst other strongly glandular Hystrices it is readily distinguished by its large flowers with broad pink petals and starry sepals, and its almost round leaves.

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The panicle is flexuose (wavy) and the panicle leaves resemble the stem leaves.

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Flowers are about 3cm across, and Brambles of Britain and Ireland gives the petal size as up to 20 x 10mm. They are sometimes notched. Stamens are longer than the styles, but the red bases of the styles are clearly visible. The sepals have long, sharp points or leafy tips, usually with white borders (not very apparent in these photos). They point outwards on the fresh flowers, giving the starry appearance, but become erect after the petals drop. The red-tipped glands are obvious.

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Leaves have three or sometimes five leaflets which are thinly pubescent above and below, but may become almost glabrous on both sides. The terminal leaflet is up to about 10 x 8 cm, but often shorter and almost round. It has a rather coarsely and sometimes irregularly toothed margin and a short or long apex. Leaflets can be smooth or plicate and are often somewhat convex.

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The stem is bluntly angled, dark reddish-purple when exposed to the light and has a whitish, waxy (pruinose) coating. It has numerous prickles of varying sizes on the angles and faces, but the longest prickles only just about equal the stem diameter. There are sparse to numerous hairs and numerous stalked glands.

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