Rubus aboriginum

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Rubus aboriginum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Rubus
Species: R. aboriginum
Binomial name
Rubus aboriginum
Rydb. 1913

Rubus almus L.H.Bailey
Rubus austrinus L.H.Bailey
Rubus bollianus L.H.Bailey
Rubus clair-brownii' L.H.Bailey
Rubus decor L.H. Bailey
Rubus flagellaris var. almus L.H.Bailey
Rubus foliaceus L.H. Bailey
Rubus ignarus L.H. Bailey
Rubus ricei L.H. Bailey

Rubus aboriginum is a North American species of dewberry, known as the garden dewberry[3] and aboriginal dewberry. Like other dewberries, it is a species of flowering plant in the rose family, related to the blackberry. It is native to the United States and Mexico, primarily in the southern Great Plains with additional populations scattered in the eastern United States and in Nuevo León.[4]


Rubus aboriginum typically inhabits areas of rocky soil and partial shade, such as open woodlands and abandoned fields.[5]


Rubus aboriginum is a bushy, viny bramble, up to 6 feet (1.8 m) in height and breadth, but often smaller. Branches appear 'hairy' when young, and become smooth as they mature, with infrequent, short, hooked thorns.[5] Leaves are ovate, with serrated edges; flowers are white, have five petals, and are about 1 inch (25 mm) in diameter.[5] Fruits resemble other dewberries or small blackberries.[6]

Rubus aboriginum is very closely related to the northern dewberry, Rubus flagellaris,[5] and is sometimes treated as a subspecies.[6]


  1. ^ "Rubus aboriginum profile". USDA. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rubus aboriginum". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rubus aboriginum". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
  5. ^ a b c d "Rubus aboriginum". University of Oklahoma Biological Survey. University of Oklahoma. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Rydberg, Per Axel. 1913. North American Flora 22(5): 473

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