Rubus polyanthemus Lindeb.


Bot. Not. 1883: 105 (1883) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Semi-erect mound-forming shrub; stems arching, 1–2 m long, angular, glabrescent to moderately pubescent; prickles more or less equal, straight to falcate, subulate, to c. 6 mm long. Leaves (1–)3–6(–7)-foliolate; leaflets obovate to suborbicular, mostly 3–8 cm long, 2–6 cm wide, cuspidate, base cuneate, margins sharply and shallowly toothed, upper surface green, glabrescent, lower surface grey-tomentose or pubescent, at least some lower leaves with leaflets green and glabrescent below; stipules linear, pilose. Flowers in long, terminal racemes; axis and peduncles tomentose or pubescent, with stalked glands less than 0.5 mm long. Sepals grey-tomentose and pubescent, appendiculate, reflexed in fruit; petals suborbicular, white or pink; stamens much exceeding styles. Fruiting head more or less globose, c. 10 mm diam.; fruit glabrescent, black, not falling from receptacle when ripe. Flowers summer.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *MonT, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised NSW. Native of north-west Europe. In Victoria, known from widely scattered locations where usually found in cool, moist riparian habitats.

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


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Rubus polyanthemus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rubus polyanthemus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
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
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory