Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Rubus cuneifolius Pursh
American bramble, Gozard's curse, sand blackberry, sand bramble
Invasive, Problem species
Origin: North America
Growth Form: Shrub
Plant Description: Plant: Erect to sprawling, thorny shrub 0.5–1.5(–2.0) m high; stems deeply ridged. Leaves: Green, sometimes densely grey-downy beneath; usually three-foliate, sometimes also five-foliate (lateral leaflets redivided) on new season's growth; terminal leaflet usually wedge-shaped at the base. Flowers: White, rarely pink, petals much longer than sepals; few (2–5) at the ends of short, leafy shoots, September–January. Fruit: Red turning black, fleshy, shiny, glomerules of one-seeded drupes.
Key Features:
Control: herbicides, which are effective in autumn, and cultivation if the rhizome is removed
More information:
Weeds & Invasive Plants Home Page
NRCS Plants Database


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada.

Photo - fruit/leaves

Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. Northeast National Technical Center, Chester, PA.

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