Rubus parvifolius L.

Small-leaf Bramble

Sp. Pl. 1197 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Scrambling shrub or trailer; stems to c. 1 m long, finely pubescent to tomentose, glabrescent with age, bearing curved prickles to c. 3 mm long. Leaves pinnate; leaflets 3–5, more or less ovate, mostly 1–4 cm long, 1–3.5 cm wide, base cuneate, margins sharply and often deeply toothed, upper surface green, wrinkled, glabrescent, lower surface white-tomentose, main vein hairy; stipules entire or deeply lobed. Flowers in short terminal panicles or single in upper leaf axils. Sepals pubescent, acuminate, reflexed; petals broadly elliptic to suborbicular, pink or red. Fruiting head more or less globose, c. 10 mm diam.; fruit red or orange, falling from receptacle when ripe. Flowers mostly Nov.–Feb.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. East Asia. Widespread throughout cooler parts of the State, from near sea-level to the subalps, often scrambling amongst rocks.

Known to hybridise with R. moluccanus var. trilobus. See Rubus ×novus.

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: Andre Messina, 2016-01-14
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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 parvifolius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rubus parvifolius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory