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Useful Tropical Plants

Rubus brasiliensis

Mart.

Rosaceae


The genus Rubus, (especially the blackberries, which are often loosely referred to as Rubus fruticosus agg.) presents some of the most difficult taxonomic problems. This is partly due to the frequency of polyploidy; also to the frequent occurrence of hybridization; and also due to apomixis, where minor differences between plants are preserved because seedlings are genetically identical to their parent. As a result, differences of opinion on the number of species to be recognized from a given region can vary tremendously (for example, a treatment by M. L. Fernald[
43
Title
Gray's Manual of Botany.Eighth Edition
Publication
 
Author
Fernald. M. L.
Publisher
American Book Co.; New York
Year
1950
ISBN
0442222505
Description
A bit dated but a good and concise flora of the eastern part of N. America.
] in 1950 recognized 205 species for the northern half of the eastern United States plus parts of southeastern Canada, whilst H. A. Gleason and A. Cronquist in 1991 recognized only 25)[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
]. Where possible, a relatively conservative approach is taken here[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Amorinha Verde

Rubus brasiliensis

General Information

Rubus brasiliensis is a spiny shrub growing 1 - 2 metres tall.
The edible fruits are gathered from the wild and consumed locally. The plant is sometimes cultivated for its fruits. An ornamental plant, it is valued particularly for its flowers[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
,
503
Title
Flora Parana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chaua.org.br/pagina/floraparana-catalogo-plantas-nativas-do-parana
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not quite a flora, but an on-line listing of many of the plants of Parana in southern Brazil. Good photographs, plus descriptions and details of plant uses.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Argentina, Brazil.

Habitat

Common on he edges of forests and in open places[
503
Title
Flora Parana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chaua.org.br/pagina/floraparana-catalogo-plantas-nativas-do-parana
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not quite a flora, but an on-line listing of many of the plants of Parana in southern Brazil. Good photographs, plus descriptions and details of plant uses.
].

Properties

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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of moderate elevations in the subtropics to tropics, being found at elevations from 700 - 1,600 metres in the tropics.
Requires a position in full sun or bright shade[
503
Title
Flora Parana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chaua.org.br/pagina/floraparana-catalogo-plantas-nativas-do-parana
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not quite a flora, but an on-line listing of many of the plants of Parana in southern Brazil. Good photographs, plus descriptions and details of plant uses.
]. Succeeds in most soils[
503
Title
Flora Parana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chaua.org.br/pagina/floraparana-catalogo-plantas-nativas-do-parana
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not quite a flora, but an on-line listing of many of the plants of Parana in southern Brazil. Good photographs, plus descriptions and details of plant uses.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or made into drinks, jellies etc[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
503
Title
Flora Parana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chaua.org.br/pagina/floraparana-catalogo-plantas-nativas-do-parana
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not quite a flora, but an on-line listing of many of the plants of Parana in southern Brazil. Good photographs, plus descriptions and details of plant uses.
]. A pleasant, sweet flavour[
503
Title
Flora Parana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chaua.org.br/pagina/floraparana-catalogo-plantas-nativas-do-parana
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not quite a flora, but an on-line listing of many of the plants of Parana in southern Brazil. Good photographs, plus descriptions and details of plant uses.
].

Medicinal

The plant is used in folk medicine[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].
The aerial parts of the plant are used in the treatment of nervous breakdowns[
1166
Title
Therapeutic Constituents and Actions of Rubus Species
Publication
Current Medicinal Chemistry Vol 11 Issue 11 2004
Author
Patel A.V.; Rojas-Vera J.; Dacke C.G.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
A summary of the various medicinal uses of the genus Rubus
]. Both hexane and ethane extracts of the leaves have been shown to have an anxiolytic effect similar to benzodiazepine drugs[
1166
Title
Therapeutic Constituents and Actions of Rubus Species
Publication
Current Medicinal Chemistry Vol 11 Issue 11 2004
Author
Patel A.V.; Rojas-Vera J.; Dacke C.G.
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
 
Description
A summary of the various medicinal uses of the genus Rubus
].

Agroforestry Uses:

A pioneer species, readily invading pastures[
503
Title
Flora Parana
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.chaua.org.br/pagina/floraparana-catalogo-plantas-nativas-do-parana
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Not quite a flora, but an on-line listing of many of the plants of Parana in southern Brazil. Good photographs, plus descriptions and details of plant uses.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - germinates best if given a period of cold stratification prior to sowing in containers. Stored seed requires one month stratification at about 3°c and is best sown as early as possible in the growing season. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on until large enough to plant out.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood in a frame[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Tip layering towards the end of the growing season
Division just before the plant comes into new growth or as it enters dormancy[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
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