Rubus aboriginum
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Rubus
R. aboriginum
Binomial name
Rubus aboriginum
Rydb. 1913
  • Rubus almus L.H.Bailey
  • Rubus austrinus L.H.Bailey
  • Rubus bollianus L.H.Bailey
  • Rubus clair-brownii' L.H.Bailey
  • Rubus decor L.H. Bailey
  • Rubus flagellaris var. almus L.H.Bailey
  • Rubus foliaceus L.H. Bailey
  • Rubus ignarus L.H. Bailey
  • Rubus ricei L.H. Bailey

Rubus aboriginum is a North American species of dewberry, known as the garden dewberry[1] and aboriginal dewberry. Like other dewberries, it is a species of flowering plant in the rose family, related to the blackberry. It is native to the United States and Mexico, primarily in the southern Great Plains with additional populations scattered in the eastern United States and in Nuevo León.[3]


Rubus aboriginum typically inhabits areas of rocky soil and partial shade, such as open woodlands and abandoned fields.[4]


Rubus aboriginum is a bushy, viny bramble, up to 6 feet (1.8 m) in height and breadth, but often smaller. Branches appear 'hairy' when young, and become smooth as they mature, with infrequent, short, hooked thorns.[4] Leaves are ovate, with serrated edges; flowers are white, have five petals, and are about 1 inch (25 mm) in diameter.[4] Fruits resemble other dewberries or small blackberries.[5]

Rubus aboriginum is very closely related to the northern dewberry, Rubus flagellaris,[4] and is sometimes treated as a subspecies.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Rubus aboriginum". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Rubus aboriginum". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Rubus aboriginum". County-level distribution map from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d "Rubus aboriginum". University of Oklahoma Biological Survey. University of Oklahoma. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b Rydberg, Per Axel. 1913. North American Flora 22(5): 473

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