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The Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) is a prickly shrub with edible fruit in the Roseaceae family. It is related to Raspberries. Out of its native area, it is often considered to be a weed.

It has biennial trailing stems called canes that are covered with prickles called brambles. The stems grow up to 7 metres (23 feet) long. 

The five-petal flowers are white, pink, or red, and produce black or red-purple fruit called a berry. Each berry has 20-30 seeds.

It is native to America. It prefers temperate zones of America, Europe, and Australia.

The fruit ripens from June to August in America, July to September in the United Kingdom and Europe, and from November to April in Australia. 

Photographed in the Adelaide Hills, Australia, March 2018.

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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