Rubus anglocandicans A.Newton

Watsonia 11 (3): 243 (1977) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Robust scrambling semi-deciduous shrub; stems arching, to c. 4 m long, angular, faces concave or flat, glaucescent, glabrescent, brown to purplish; prickles more or less equal, straight or falcate, mainly on the angles, to c. 8 mm long. Leaves 3- or 5-foliate; leaflets obovate, elliptic or broadly elliptic, mostly 3–11 cm long, 2–7 cm wide, base rounded to cuneate or truncate, margins sharply toothed, upper surface green, glabrescent, lower surface white- or grey-tomentose and sparsely pilose; stipules linear, pilose. Flowers in long, lax, terminal, narrow-pyramidal racemes; axis and peduncles tomentose and pilose, eglandular. Sepals white- or grey-tomentose, acicular, unarmed, reflexed in fruit; petals ovate to suborbicular, pink or white; stamens much exceeding styles. Fruiting head more or less globose, c. 15 mm diam.; fruit glabrescent, black, not falling from receptacle when ripe. Flowers summer.

*CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HFE, *HNF, *HSF, *MonT, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro, *Wim. WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas, Norfolk Is. Apparently the most widespread blackberry in the state but poorly collected and its exact distribution not certain. Usually found in moist riparian or other mesic habitats, but also a common weed of farmland.

Rubus anglocandicans is generally distinguished by the high arching, glabrous stems that lack a whitish scaly covering.

This species was previously thought to hybridise with Rubus ulmifolius. However, limits of both species, along with many taxa in the Rubus fruiticosus species-aggregate have been revised since the last Flora of Victoria account. See note under R. ulmifolius.

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 (as Rubus discolor Weihe & Nees).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-12-13

Evans, J.K.; Symon, D.E.; Whalen, M.A.; Hosking, J.R.; Barker, R.M. & Oliver, J.A. (2007). Systematics of the Rubus fruticosus aggregate (Rosaceae) and oher exotic Rubus taxa in Australia, Australian Systematic Botany 20: 187-251.

Distribution map
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 anglocandicans in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rubus anglocandicans in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present introduced
Highlands-Far East present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory