Bogs and Acidic Peatlands of Southern New England by Marsha C. Salett
Taxonomy
Rubus hispidus L.
ROSACEAE (Rose Family)
EtymologyRubus is the Latin name for bramble, blackberry, or raspberry, from "rubrus" for red; hispidus is Latin for bristly.
Synonyms (Common Name)Bristly Dewberry, Swamp Blackberry
DescriptionA small bramble up to 8" long, swamp dewberry is a perennial, vine-like, semi-woody shrub. It has trailing, bristly stems that are often rooted at the tips. The fruit of swamp dewberry is edible but sour.
Wetland indicator statusFACW
Plant Heightto 8 inches
LeavesSemi-evergreen; alternate, compound, divided into 3 (or 5) leaflets; leaflets toothed, oblong to obovate, shiny green above, bronze with bristly midvein beneath; leaves red in winter.
Flower/InflorescenceWhite, small (1/2-3/4" wide), 5 petals; borne on long stalks in loose clusters.
Flowering PeriodJune-August
FruitBerry, reddish -black, resembling a blackberry; sour.
Fruiting PeriodAugust-October.
HabitatBogs, forested wetlands, shrub swamps, marshes, pond and stream margins, moist woods, wet or dry fields, waste places.
RangeNova Scotia and Quebec to Wisconsin, south to North Carolina and Missouri.
(c) 1998-2006 Marsha C. Salett