Rubus niveus Thunb.

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Rubus niveus

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Between Campsite and Chelinda Rest Camp, Nyika National Park.

Rubus niveus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Above Dam1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Rubus niveus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Above Dam1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Rubus niveus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Above Dam1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

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Common names: Ceylon raspberry (English) Dusty berry (English) Mysore raspberry (English)
Status: Introduced
Scrambling shrubby perennial, up to 2 m, with sharp slightly recurved prickles. Young stems and branches covered in a white powdery substance, which is mostly lost on older parts. Leaves imparipinnate with 2-3 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet; leaflets elliptic to ovate, shiny green and hairless above, covered in white felt below; margin serrate. Leaflets plicate along the prominent veins; main rhachis and petiole set with small prickles. Flowers in few-flowered pedicels and calyx covered in white hairs; petals shorter than sepals, white, mauve-pink or red. Fruit 8-10 mm in diameter, purple when ripe; carpels pubescent.
Derivation of specific name: niveus: purest white
Habitat: In grassland,woodland and bracken scrub, mostly in disturbed areas.
Altitude range: 800 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to India and Malaysia; now a widespread naturalised species in East and southern Africa.
Malawi distribution: N
Growth form(s): Climber, shrub under 2 m.
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Content last updated: Thursday 4 October 2018

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 237.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 48.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 239.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 70.

Mendes, E.J. (1978). Rosaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 14.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 86.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Rubus niveus., retrieved 15 July 2024

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