Rubus thibetanus

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Ghost Bramble
Rubus thibetanus - Berlin Botanical Garden - IMG 8659.JPG
at the Botanical Garden in Berlin
Chinese brambles.jpg
(left to right) R. coreanus, R. thibetanus, R. corchorifolius[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Rubus
Subgenus: Idaeobatus
Species: R. thibetanus
Binomial name
Rubus thibetanus
Franch. [2]

Rubus veitchii Rolfe

Rubus thibetanus, sometimes known as ghost bramble,[5] is a species of deciduous shrub in the genus Rubus, native to western China, where the local Chinese name may be translated into English as Tibetan dewberry.[6] It is xu zang xuan gou zi in transcribed Chinese[3]

Rubus thibetanus is found in Gansu, Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Xizang (Tibet) provinces, to an altitude of 900-2100 meters, usually in dry areas in ravines, thickets, ditches, and on the edges of forests.[3][7]

Rubus thibetanus grows 2–3 m tall, with reddish-brown, cylindric branchlets, and sparse prickles. Leaves are pinnately compound, triangular over all, appearing rather fern-like. Flowers are white, emerging in June. In August it bears its fruit, which are globular, purplish-black or dark red inedible aggregate fruits ("berries"), 8–10 mm in diameter.[7]


  1. ^ photo from Watson, William, Climbing plants Publisher: London [etc.] : T.C. & E.C. Jack Language
  2. ^  R. thibetanus was originally described and published in Nouvelles archives du muséum d'histoire naturelle, sér. 2, viii. 1885 (1886) 221. "Plant Name Details for Rubus thibetanus". IPNI. Retrieved July 25, 2010. Notes: Tibet 
  3. ^ a b c GRIN (January 14, 2006). "Rubus thibetanus information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  4. ^  In: Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, 1909 258. Royal Gardens, Kew. "Plant Name Details for Rubus veitchii". IPNI. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ Umberto Quattrocchi (1999). CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names. University of Palermo, Italy: CRC Press; Taylor & Francis group. ISBN 978-0-8493-2119-1. 
  6. ^ Flora of China page for Rubus thibetanus (cf. below), as read through Skweezer translate (Chinese to English)
  7. ^ a b "Rubus thibetanus". Flora of China. eFloras. Retrieved July 25, 2010. 

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