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Plant Form: Scrambling shrub.
Stem: Cane-like, densely covered in pale brown hairs and prickles 2-4 mm long. Forms dense thickets. Leaf stalks have divided outgrowths known as stipules.
Leaves: Simple leaves with 5 or sometimes 7 rounded lobes. 8-16 cm long and about as wide. Upper surface dark green with few hairs, lower surface densely covered in yellowish-brown hairs.
Flowers: White or pinkish with 5 petals. In branched cluster at the end of stems.
Fruit and Seeds: Oval or oblong-shaped blackberry-like berry which ripens from green to black.
Habitat: Grasslands, forests, coastal scrub, riparian areas.
Distinguishing Features: Distinguished from other Brambles (Rubus species) by combination of simple leaves with rounded lobes, divided stipules, and scrambling habit.