Scientific Name:
Rubus rosifolius Sm. (1791) – as rosaefolius
  • = Rubus eglanteria Tratt. (1823)
Vernacular Name(s):
Mauritius raspberry; strawberry-raspberry; Strawberry-raspberry (NZ)

Low-growing, suckering, softly woody shrub; stems terete, hairy and with sessile glands, especially when young, purplish green; armature of flattened, falcate prickles. Lvs usually imparipinnate with 2–3 pairs of leaflets, rarely pinnately 3-foliolate, rugose and with many short hairs and sessile glands on both surfaces, 2-serrate; terminal leaflet lamina ovate-lanceolate, 25–60 × 10–20 mm, acuminate, rounded at base, petiolulate; stipules lanceolate. Infl. a few-flowered, leafy cyme or fls solitary; axis prickly. Fls up to 30 mm diam. Sepals ovate, acuminate, densely hairy, with sessile glands. Petals obovate, flat, white. Stamen filaments white. Fr. of waxy, red drupelets, ± conic, c. 15 mm long.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Sep.–Nov.; Fruiting: Oct.–Jan.