Rubus idaeus L.


Sp. Pl. 492 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect shrub, suckering by adventitious buds from roots; stems 1–1.5 m long, terete, pruinose; young canes densely hairy, glabrescent with age, unarmed or bearing sparse, weak, more or less straight prickles to c. 1 mm long. Leaves pinnate; leaflets 3–7, oblong or ovate, mostly 2–5 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, base cuneate to cordate, margins sharply and often deeply toothed, upper surface green, glabrescent, lower surface white-tomentose, main veins pilose; stipules filiform. Flowers in short terminal or axillary racemes. Sepals tomentose, lanceolate, erect or spreading; petals ovate or elliptic, white. Fruiting head more or less globose, c. 10 mm diam.; fruit pubescent, red or orange, falling from receptacle when ripe. Flowers summer.

*Glep, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *VAlp, *VVP. Also SA, NSW. Native of Europe. Collected at Andersons Creek near Mt Beenak, Yarrowee River at Ballarat and near Cumberland Falls near Marysville. Also occurs sporadically as a garden-escape.

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

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.

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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Rubus
Higher taxa
species Rubus idaeus L.


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

State distribution

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South Australia
Australian Capital Territory