The type specimen of the genusRubus was selected from among Linnaeus's specimens by Nathaniel Lord Britton and Addison Brown in 1913 as a herbarium specimen labelled Rubus fruticosus. This specimen turned out to include a mixture of Rubus plicatus and Rubus ulmifolius, from which the Rubus plicatus component was selected to be the type. The original type of Rubus plicatus, however, is a different specimen. The name Rubus fruticosus has been used by many authors as a nomen ambiguum and applied to the entire subgenus Rubus. Although, strictly speaking, the name Rubus fruticosus has priority, it is usually considered to be a synonym of the later name Rubus plicatus.
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