Rubus laciniatus Willd.

Cut-leaf Bramble

Hort. Berol. 2: t. 82 (1806) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect or sprawling, semi-deciduous, much-branched shrub; stems angular, glabrous or sparsely pilose, bearing many falcate prickles to c. 6 mm long. Leaves mostly 5-foliolate; leaflets lanceolate to ovate or elliptic, mostly 2–6 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, base cuneate to decurrent, margins toothed or deeply and irregularly cut into narrow lobes, upper surface green, glabrescent, lower surface green, sparsely pilose or tomentose; stipules entire or deeply lobed. Flowers in terminal leafy panicles. Sepals pilose and tomentose, laciniate, armed with prickles; petals more or less elliptic, often trifid at apex, white or pink. Fruiting head obloid to globose, to c. 10 mm diam.; fruit black, remaining on receptacle when ripe. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

*CVU, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *MonT, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz, *VAlp, *VVP, *WaP. Also SA, NSW, Tas. Widespread in Britain and in north-western Europe. Found in a few scattered localities mostly in higher rainfall parts of the State.

Plants with shallowly toothed leaflets (that are often only 3-foliate) have previously been included in Rubus laciniatus subsp. selmeri. This subspecies is no longer recognised in Australia despite its apparent distinction from the readily recognisable form with deeply lobed and almost fern-like leaves as there are a range of intermediate leaf types between these two extremes.      

Source: Jeanes, J.A.; Jobson, P.C. (1996). Rosaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-12-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Rubus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Rubus laciniatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rubus laciniatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present introduced
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales