WVWC college cyclists and I went out and did a bit of trail maintenance the other day. We ended up doing a quirky three-mile loop that runs into other close by trail systems, but this one had been discarded for nearly a year. Our primary job was to:
- Move branches, logs, BIG rocks, and other obstructions out of the way.
- Cut away thorns or other kinds of pokey plants that could scrape oneself while riding.
- Place ribbons/trail markers along the route.
Everything went according to plan, and I tended to take fallen logs, or ones that were on the trail, and lined them alongside the trail to make a natural path designator. Others thought this was unimportant, but it is always something I appreciate while riding on a trail; personal preference, I guess. I wonder what IMBA says about things like this?…
After crossing a small stream, we ran into a major briar patch where there were purple briars! I have used my elite boolean search skills to find info on the plant, but I do not have enough basic info to come across it on any databases.
The plant was your typical prickly briar you come across all too often while doing trail maintenance or overall riding, with the exception that it was purple, with a removable white film on the outside:
I’m sure someone knows the taxonomic name for this plant and is happy to tell me~