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Rubus flagellaris Willd.
northern dewberry

General Information
Symbol: RUFL
Group: Dicot
Family: Rosaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Subshrub
Native Status: CAN   N
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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green round image for nativity Native blue round image for introduced Introduced ocre round image for introduced and nativity Both white round image for no status Absent/Unreported
image for native, but no county data Native, No County Data image for introduced, but no county data Introduced, No County Data both introduced and native, but no county data Both, No County Data
Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. Northeast National Technical Center, Chester. Provided by USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute (WSI). Usage Requirements.

Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth. Provided by USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute (WSI). Usage Requirements.

©Ted Bodner. James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller. 2005. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. University of Georgia Press., Athens. Provided by University of Georgia Press. Scanned by Forestry Images. Usage Requirements.

USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Provided by NRCS National Wetland Team. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
RUAL14 Rubus alacer L.H. Bailey
RUAR4 Rubus arundelanus Blanch.
RUARJ Rubus arundelanus Blanch. var. jeckylanus (Blanch.) L.H. Bailey
RUAS Rubus ascendens Blanch.
RUAS2 Rubus ashei L.H. Bailey
RUBO3 Rubus bonus L.H. Bailey
RUCA10 Rubus camurus L.H. Bailey
RUCL3 Rubus clausenii L.H. Bailey
RUCO16 Rubus connixus L.H. Bailey
RUCO20 Rubus cordialis L.H. Bailey
RUDI7 Rubus dissitiflorus Fernald
RUEN Rubus enslenii Tratt.
RUEX5 Rubus exemptus L.H. Bailey
RUFR10 Rubus frustratus L.H. Bailey
RUGE2 Rubus geophilus Blanch.
RUJAA Rubus jaysmithii L.H. Bailey var. angustior
RULO6 Rubus longipes Fernald
RUMA14 Rubus maltei L.H. Bailey
RUNE5 Rubus neonefrens L.H. Bailey
RUOC5 Rubus occultus L.H. Bailey
RUPR21 Rubus procumbens Muhl.
RUSA3 Rubus sailori L.H. Bailey
RUSE8 Rubus serenus L.H. Bailey
RUSU8 Rubus subuniflorus Rydb.
RUTE10 Rubus tetricus L.H. Bailey
RUTR8 Rubus tracyi L.H. Bailey
RUUR2 Rubus urbanianus L.H. Bailey
RUVI13 Rubus villosus Aiton


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Rosaceae – Rose family
Genus Rubus L. – blackberry
Species Rubus flagellaris Willd. – northern dewberry

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Rubus enslenii
southern dewberry

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

North America
Arid West FACU
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain UPL
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACU
Great Plains UPL
Midwest FACU
Northcentral & Northeast FACU



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Miller Moderate Moderate Moderate


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Miller Moderate Moderate


Miller, J.H., and K.V. Miller. 1999. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. Southern Weed Science Society.

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover
High Average 25-50% of diet Regular source of cover
Low 5-10% of diet Infrequently used as cover
Minor 2-5% of diet Sparsely used as cover
Moderate Average 10-25% of diet Occasional source of cover