This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol5-6", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
The habitat of this plant is wood borders, hedges, and commons. The habit is prostrate, arching, forming extensive patches as underwood in woodlands. The stem is rather hairy, dull-red or green. The prickles are widespreading or bent downwards. The leaves are 6-7-lobed. The leaflets are convex, leathery, dull grey-green, with a greenish ashy felt below, opaque above, the terminal leaflets 2 1/2-3 times as long as the leaf-stalk. The panicle is long, with narrow ultra-axillary top, with numerous stalked glands on the rachis, flower-stalk, and bracts. The petals are broad, small, and pink. Some forms have white petals and no glands. The distinctive features are the lobed leaves, narrow and many-flowered panicle, stalked glands, and pink petals.
Rubus Lindebergii, P. J. Muell - The habitat of this plant is thickets, open places, dry and stony. The habit is prostrate, arching, the stem tall. The prickles are stout, sickle-like, or hooked, especially on the panicle. The leaves are 5-lobed. The leaflets are pale greyish-green above, narrowed below, with even, nearly simple teeth, the terminal are narrow, inversely egg-shaped, about twice as long as the leaf-stalk. The panicle is narrow, without glands, wavy, with crowded, strong, sickle-like prickles, and short branches, with few flowers. The petals are white, large, inversely egg-shaped, with long claws.
The habitat of this species is hedges. The habit is erect, arching. The prickles are rather unequal, bent back, and scattered. The leaves are 3-5-lobed, arising from a common centre with lateral lobes, the terminal leaflet broadly oval or roundish, with short, blunt, narrow point, and entire, or nearly entire, base, more than twice as long as the stalk. The panicle is loose, sometimes glandular, little narrowed to the top, forming a corymb. The rachis and flower-stalk are clothed with long, fine hair. The petals are white, becoming pink. The stem and rachis are dark-purple.
The habitat of this plant is woods, wood borders, hedges, open stony places. The habit is high-arching. The stem is hairy (as the Latin specific name indicates). There are many long, straight prickles, wide-spreading, or bent back. The leaflets are egg-shaped or oval, with a narrow, long point, soft, with long silky white hairs below. The panicle is open, long, compound, with long, bent-down slender prickles, the branches forming a cyme, the rachis softly downy. The stamens are much longer than the styles. The plant flowers in July and August, and is a deciduous shrub. It is distinguished by the numerous long, straight prickles, shaggy rachis and flower-stalks, prickly, branched panicle, broad, oval leaflets, softly hairy below.
The habitat of this species is woods and sandy and gravelly commons. The habit is similar to the last. The stem and leaves are not so hairy. The prickles are sicklelike. The leaflets are concave, with wavy margin, smooth above, thinly hairy below, the terminal leaflets roundish, egg-shaped. The rachis is thinly hairy, with many strongly sickle-like or hooked prickles. The flowers are showy, star-like. The petals are bright-pink. The stamens are short, sometimes not longer than the style. In the young state the plant is like R. gratus, as when large-flowered.