African Plant Database

Rubus pinnatus Willd.
Protologue : Sp. Pl., ed. 4 [Willd.] 2(2): 1081 (1799) 
Information on the genus : Rubus
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Rubus kingaensis Engl.
=Rubus pappei Eckl. & Zeyh.
=Rubus pinnatus var. afrotropicus (Engl.) Gust.
=Rubus pinnatus subsp. afrotropicus Engl.
=Rubus pinnatus var. defensus Gust.
=Rubus pinnatus var. subglandulosus (Gust.) R.A. Graham
=Rubus pinnatus f. subglandulosus Gust.
=Rubus ledermannii var. serrulatus Gust.
=*Rubus ledermannii Engl.
=Rubus madagascarius Gust. (1934)
=Rubus roridus Lindl. (1833)
=Rubus madagascarius f. umbrosus Gust. (1934)
=Rubus pinnatus var. mutatus Gust. (1934)
=Rubus pinnatus var. ledermannii Engl. (1911)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Scrambling or scandent (or erect) shrub 1,5-6(-10) m tall; stems very variable: ± glabrous to tomentose, ± prickly, glandular or eglandular, sometimes blue-green bloomed;
  see more in the book
Ecology : Edges of upland rain-forest; swamp forest, moist bamboo thicket or forest gallery; clearings in forests by streams; secondary moist forests; sclerophyllous forest; secondary bushland; riverbanks in upland grassland; beside streams, etc...
  Extremely variable plant (cf. above), and the varieties described not always clearly distinguishable (inflorescence best for distinction).
  S. Africa; Bioko/Fernando Poo, S. Tomé, Annobon; St Helena and Ascension Isl. (naturalized).
  Comprises 2 vars.: [see in the book]
  ? S Ethiopia: specimens here difficult to differentiate from R. apetalus ; further collecting needed.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : biology:perennial-Shrub, Scrambler- Ht 1.5 - 6 m. Alt 5 - 1950 m. Distribution: LES, EC, KN, LP, MP, WC, SWZ
Biol./Eco : Liana; Subhumid; Forest; 500-999 m, 1000-1499 m, 1500-1999 m; distribution: Africa.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • (2010). Flore du Gabon. 41: 51
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Visser N, M.M. le Roux & B.E. van Wyk (2018). A taxonomic revision of the Thesium goetzeanum species complex (Santalaceae) from Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland. S. African J. Bot. 119: 243 

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • Fl. Arch. Madeira : 60 (1914). 
  • HANSEN, A. & P. SUNDING (1993). Flora of Macaronesia. Checklist of vascular plants. 4. revised edition Sommerfeltia 17: 1-295
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Record n°83825 modified 2009-05-11
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