[The Blackberries and Brambles of the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Himalayan Blackberry

Rubus bifrons

Synonyms: Rubus armeniacus, Rubus discolor, Rubus procerus, Rubus thrysanthus

Flower of Himalayan Blackberry: Rubus bifrons (Synonyms: Rubus armeniacus, Rubus discolor, Rubus procerus, Rubus thrysanthus)

The photo above shows a close-up of the flower of himalayan blackberry as seen at Catherine Creek in the central Columbia River Gorge.........June 3, 2006.

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Range:

It may be found in the Columbia River Gorge between the elevations of 100'-3000' from the western approaches to the gorge (where it is very common) to the eastern end of the gorge where it is seen rarely.

In the Columbia River Gorge, it is most common at lower altitudes (below 3000') but may be found at least as far east as Biggs Junction where there is water (typically atop a spring or along a stream) where birds have spread the seeds with their droppings and there is enough moisture for the seeds to germinate.


Himalayan Blackberry: Rubus bifrons (Synonyms: Rubus armeniacus, Rubus discolor, Rubus procerus, Rubus thrysanthus)

The photo above shows a close-up sideview of the flower of himalayan blackberry as seen at Catherine Creek........June 3, 2006. Note the straight prickles on the stem and the dense covering of fuzzy hairs on the sepals.

Himalayan Blackberry: Rubus bifrons (Synonyms: Rubus armeniacus, Rubus discolor, Rubus procerus, Rubus thrysanthus) -- Flower of Himalayan Blackberry: Rubus bifrons (Synonyms: Rubus armeniacus, Rubus discolor, Rubus procerus, Rubus thrysanthus) -- Himalayan Blackberry: Rubus bifrons (Synonyms: Rubus armeniacus, Rubus discolor, Rubus procerus, Rubus thrysanthus)

Close-up views of himalayan blackberry as seen along the Old Highway at Catherine Creek, Columbia River Gorge..........June 3, 2009.

Paul Slichter