Blackberry (bramble) Rubus Fruticosus L.




Blackberry is of the generic type Rubus Fruticosus L. with many species, sub-species and forms. The rootstock is long, well developed, deep in the soil. The stems are quite long, scaly, covered with stiff spines. Leaves are naked or hairy, ovate, tapered, orodles covered with hairs. Flowers are white collected in grapevine inflorescences. The fruit is a collection of black, shining blackberries. The taste is sour with pleasant smell.

The blackberry is found in sunny places, meadows, forests, foothills and mountain slopes up to 2000 m above sea level. Loves moisture.

The roots (Radix Rubii fruticosi), the leaves (Folia Rubii frutisocae) and the fruits (Fructus Rubii fruticosi) are used.

Leaves are harvested during the summer, during their full development, but while they are still green, without handles. Harvesting of fruits begins in September - October, when they have acquired the necessary color and succulence periodically.

In medicine, it is used against diarrhea, other gastrointestinal disorders, against kidney stones, and is externally used as a tea for rinsing the mouth, and for strengthening the gums. The Arabs used the leaves as a drug for sexual arousal.

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