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Rubus fruticosus species aggregate
Plant Form Scrambling shrub. Size Large dense thickets. Stem Up to 7 m long, covered in spines, green to purplish red. Leaves Compound with 3-5 leaflets, dark green above and lighter green below. Flowers White or pink with 5 petals, 2-3 cm in diameter. Fruit and Seeds Red to black cluster of berries, containing up to 40 seeds each. Habitat Gullies, riparian areas, paddocks, forests. Distinguishing Features Larger leaves with greener undersides than Native raspberry (Rubus parvifolius). Impacts Forms dense prickly thickets that exclude stock, people, and native species, outcompetes and replaces native vegetation, negatively affects amenity.