Dewberry

Rubus flagellaris
Family: 
Rosaceae (roses)
Description: 

Dewberry is a trailing woody vine with curved prickles, rooting at the cane tips. Young stems are green; older stems are brownish and woody. Flowers in small groups or sometimes single, on long stems, white with whitish centers, the stems often subtended by a small leaf. Typical rose-family flowers with 5 sepals and 5 petals with many stamens. Blooms April–June. Leaves alternate, compound, mostly 3-divided, broadly oval with coarse teeth. The 2 lateral leaflets sometimes have a pointed lobe each. Fruit edible, resembling a blackberry.

Common blackberry (R. allegheniensis) is similar but is more bushy, with taller, more erect stems.

Size: 
Height: to about 4 feet; the trailing stems can reach 3 times that distance.
Habitat and conservation: 
Occurs in fields, prairies, abandoned pastures, thickets, fencerows, and rights-of-way.
Distribution in Missouri: 
Statewide.
Human connections: 
The fruits are deliciously edible. Members of the rose family are tremendously important economically and include many berries, almonds, stone fruits, and other tree fruits such as apples, plus numerous ornamental plants such as roses, crab apples, hawthorns, and spiraeas.
Ecosystem connections: 
Many types of birds, including catbirds, waxwings, and finches, relish such fruits, as do raccoon, opossum, mice, and even box turtles. Fortunately for the wild animals, human Missourians today usually get their fruits from a store, leaving the wild harvest for the wild creatures.
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http://mdc.mo.gov/node/17509