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Trailing vine which often roots at the nodes. Twigs have reddish glandular hairs; prickles are small and scattered. Leaves alternate, palmately compound, with 3-5 leaflets, variable in size and shape; leaflets elliptic to narrow-ovate, twice as long as broad; glabrous; acute to acuminate at apex; margins serrate to dentate; spiny. Inflorescence a solitary flower on an armed and glandular pedicel; calyx 5-lobed, glandular and reflexed; petals 5, white to pink; pistils many, inserted on hypanthium; stamens numerous; flowers appear from March to April. Fruit an aggregation of drupelets, 6-25 mm (1/4-1 in) in diameter, black; fruits mature May to July.
Hillside above and shoreline of Belton Lake.
Fruits are eaten raw or used in jams, jellies, and sauces.