Rubus moluccanus var. trilobus (Molucca Bramble)

Rubus moluccanus var trilobus

When I first got to know, years back, that the tropics had native brambles (raspberries and such), I was rather surprised. After all, brambles and raspberries are plants much more strongly associated with temperate regions. But here it is. The very same kind of scrambling habit. The prickles. The white bramble flowers.

Rubus moluccanus var trilobus

The species is very widespread and I have seen it in the Southeast Asian tropics. The variety name hints at it’s appearance. The ‘trilobus’ presumably refers to it’s three-lobed leaves. The other variety, var. moluccanus is not as lobed. The introduced R. alceifolius has more strongly lobed leaves.

I’ll be waiting to try the raspberries when they appear.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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