Rubus betulifolius

Family (Traditional)Rosaceae
Species:Rubus betulifolius Small
Common NameSawtooth Blackberry
Growth Habitshrub
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: Yes; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Woody; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: shrub; Moisture Requirements: Mesic; Moisture Requirements: Mesic-Hydric; Moisture Requirements: Hydric; Moisture Requirements: Wetland; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: April; Reproductive Phenology: May; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Complexity: compound; Leaf Dissection: 1; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: petiolate; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaf Venation: palmate; Leaf Venation: ternate; Leaflet Margins: doubly serrate; Leaflet Margins: serrulate; Leaflet Number: 3; Leaflet Number: 5; Base Flower Color: Pink; Base Flower Color: White; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Aggregate; Fruit Type: Berry; Fruit Type: Drupe; Fruit Wet/Dry: Wet; Hypanthium Present: Yes; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Perianth Present: Yes; Petal Fusion: No; Petal Number: 5; Sepal Fusion: No; Sepal Number: 5; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value 2
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Rubus abundiflorus Rubus abundiflorus L.H.Bailey
Rubus argutus Rubus argutus Link
Rubus betulifolius Rubus betulifolius Small
Rubus floridensis Rubus floridensis L.H.Bailey
Rubus floridus Rubus floridus Tratt.
Rubus incisifrons Rubus incisifrons L.H.Bailey
Rubus louisianus Rubus louisianus A.Berger
Rubus penetrans Rubus penetrans L.H.Bailey
Rubus rhodophyllus Rubus rhodophyllus Rydb.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: DeKalb (TN), Grundy (TN), Polk (TN), Putnam (TN), Roane (TN), Scott (TN), Sequatchie (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: HTTU, TENN, UCHT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: -

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
HTTU019900 Putnam Tennessee
Rubus betulifolius
HTTU015299 Tennessee
Rubus betulifolius
HTTU015298 Putnam Tennessee
Rubus betulifolius
HTTU015277 Putnam Tennessee
Rubus betulifolius
HTTU035107 Scott Tennessee
Rubus betulifolius
HTTU028823 DeKalb Tennessee
Rubus betulifolius
TENN-V-0117028 Sequatchie Tennessee
Rubus betulifolius
TENN-V-0117026 Polk Tennessee
Rubus betulifolius
TENN-V-0117027 Roane Tennessee
Rubus betulifolius
TENN-V-0117025 Grundy Tennessee
Rubus betulifolius
UCHT015231 Sequatchie Tennessee
Rubus betulifolius
UCHT015230 Sequatchie Tennessee
Rubus betulifolius
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