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Green-leaf Bramble

Rubus nebulosus
Rosaceae
Green-leaf Bramble
Common

This prickly native vine is often confused with the much more common introduced Blackberry and is thus in danger of being destroyed. Both have leaves with 5 serrated leaflets arising from one point (like a hand). The easiest way to tell them apart is that the underside of the leaflets of the native vine is green while the underside of the Blackberry leaflets is whitish with many fine hairs.

The leaflets of the Green-leaf Bramble are usually more oblong than those of the Blackberry and have a long drawn-out tip. Also, the 2 pairs of leaflets are usually more or less equal in size, while in the Blackberry the lowest pair is often only half the size of the second pair.

The flowers, with 5 broad petals, occur in summer in clusters in the forks of the leaves. The fruit, which is not often seen, is a round, dark-red raspberry, resembling the Boysenberry in flavour. Green-leaf Bramble can be grown from cuttings for forest regeneration but is too strong and prickly for a garden. Seeds will germinate in 2-4 months.

This species is waiting to be described with a new scientific name.

Distribution: Dampier State Forest (near Bodalla NSW) to Southeast Qld.