Rubus moluccanus var. trilobus


This prickly scrambler, previously called Rubus hillii, may be recognised its by alternate, finely toothed heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are dark green above and pale below, and covered in fine hairs with a rusty tinge. The midvein below is armed with small thorns. The leaf stalk is distinctly prickly and longer than half the leaf blade.

The pink or white flowers have five broad petals, resembling those of the cultivated raspberry Rubus idaeus. The fruit is a round, red raspberry, 1 cm or more across, which ripens in summer and is edible. Native raspberries do not lose their leaves in winter like those from the Northern Hemisphere.

Tambo River, VIC to northern QLD