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Rubus apetalus Poir.
Protologue : Encycl. (Lamarck) 6: 242 (1804) 
Information on the genus : Rubus
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Rubus apetalus Poir. var. apetalus
 Rubus apetalus f. pyramidalis Gust.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Rubus inedulis f. velutinus Hauman
=Rubus inedulis f. umbrosus Gust.
=Rubus malagassus Focke (1884)
=Rubus adolfi-friedericii var. rubristylus Gust. (1911)
=Rubus interjungens Gust. (1934)
=Rubus pinnatiformis Gust.
=Rubus assaortinus Chiov. (1915)
=Rubus assaortinus var. erythraeus Gust.
=Rubus chiovendae Gust.
=Rubus gortanii Chiov. (1939)
=Rubus petalabigens Gust.
=Rubus petitianus A. Rich. (1848)
=Rubus quartinianus var. pappianus Gust.
=Rubus quartinianus var. hararensis Engl. ex Gust.
Taxon infra-specific
Rubus apetalus Poir. var. apetalus
Rubus apetalus var. grossoserratus Hauman
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Scrambling spiny shrub, very variable, 1-3,5 m tall; flowering shoots densely pubescent or glabrescent; flowers with or without petals; fruits sometimes galled (Fl. Zambes.-area, frequently).
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Ecology : Savanna; clearings and edges of montane forest or swamp forest; riverine forest; lava forest; secondary scrub, thickets, roadsides, stream banks; acid soils in drier montane forest and upland evergreen bushland; etc...
  Very variable and not always easily separated from R. pinnatus.
  Bioko/Fernando Poo; Mascarene Isl.; S. Africa, Botswana; Madagascar; tropical Arabia?
  HAMILL, F. A. & al. (2003). Traditional herbal drugs of southern Uganda Part III: Isolation and methods for physical characterization of bioactive alkanols from Rubus apetalus. J. Ethnopharmacol. 87: 15-19.
Biol./Eco : Liana; Humid, Montane, Subhumid; Anthropic, Forest, Freshwater Wetland, Inselberg/Rock Face, Woodland; 500-999 m, 1000-1499 m, 1500-1999 m, 2000-2499 m; distribution: Mascarenes, Africa,

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 200

Bibliography other :
  • VAN DE BEEK, A. (2021). Rubi Capenses: a further contribution to the knowledge of the genus Rubus (Rosaceae) in South Africa. Phytotaxa 515(1): 20 
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Record n°176350 modified 2007-02-01
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