Bramble, Stone

Information on Stone Bramble

Common Name: Stone Bramble
Scientific Name: Rubus saxatilis
Irish Name: Sú na mban mín
Family Group: Rosaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period

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Stone Bramble could sometimes be confused with:


Mostly found on alkaline soil, in Ulster and Connacht, Stone Bramble is a native, low-growing plant which bears a few white, 5-petalled flowers (8-10mm across) on slender stems. The petals are narrow and erect and there are conspicuous, pale-green  sepals which tend to curl back around the flower. The flowers bloom from May to August. The leaves are divided into three lobes, the back being quite downy. The hairy stems are sometimes purple and they bear a few weak prickles, if any. The shiny fruit is scarlet with up to six segments. A perennial, Stone Bramble dies down in autumn with annual stems appearing in April. This is a member of the Rosaceae family. 

I came across Stone Bramble on a hillside in the Burren, County Clare in 2013 when I took the photographs. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Bramble, Stone
Bramble, Stone
Bramble, Stone