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Bramble leaves, zarzamora

Rubus fruticosus


The bramble (Rubus fruticosus) is a genus of the Rosaceae family which produces an edible fruit called blackberry . The fruit is not a true berry; botanically it is termed an aggregate fruit, composed of small drupelets. The plants typically have biennial canes and perennial roots. Blackberries and raspberries are also called caneberries or brambles.


It is a very invasive species and a widespread, and well known group of over 375 species, many of which are closely related apomictic microspecies native throughout the temperate northern hemisphere and South America.


The funny marks on the leaves are made by a leaf miner, usually a moth caterpillar. The larva eats the internal tissue of the leaf and leaves its skin on both sides. You can see how the marks get wider as they grow from the edge of the leaf to the inside.

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arlanda 8 years ago

Added to Biodiversidad en España/Spain mission

arlanda 8 years ago

Thanks martini,
and it starts from the very edge of the leave until it decides to start eating the inside, isnt'it?

MartinL 8 years ago

These leaves are attacked by a leaf miner. Usually a moth caterpillar, the larva eats the internal tissue of the lead and leaves its skin on both sides. You can see its wider tunnel as it grows.

arlanda 8 years ago

I guess they are snail marks

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O Saviñao, Galicia, Spain

Spotted on Dec 31, 2011
Submitted on Feb 7, 2012

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