Bramble Flower

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  BLACKBERRY - Also known as Bramble and Briar.

  BELONGS to the Rose Family of plants and has 2,000 varieties or micro species of blackberry looking different from one area to another.

  LOOKS LIKE - Prickly, arched stems with three to five leaflets and groups of black berries along the stems. Sprawling stems can grow as long as 36 inches (90cm).

  HAS FLOWERS FROM May to September with white or pink flowers.

  CAN BE SPOTTED - in woods, hedges and scrub throughout Britain, Wales, Europe, Asia and North America.

  STORY - Old folklore warns against eating the berries after Michaelmas (Sept 29th) as the Devil spits on them. Actually, the flesh fly dribbles saliva on them then sucks up the juice.

  RESIDENTS - The Shield Bug, an insect that looks after it's young, can be seen late July with her 30 to 40 young ones. At any sign of danger she chases them under a leaf and then acts as a decoy for the predator.
All summer the larvae of a moth eats it's way along young bramble leaves into the open.

  POLLINATOR - The Hoverfly.

  SEED DISPERSAL - The seed is spread in bird droppings so could appear all over the place.

  USES FROM THE PAST -
The leaves contain tannins giving them astringent properties so have been used to staunch diarrhoea, made into a fragrant tea which can be taken for coughs, colds and flu, also they have antiseptic and antifungal effects. Chewing the shoot-tips is said to be a remedy for indigestion. External ailments that have been treated include shingles, boils, and spots and sores on the face.

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