Rubus ulmifolius

Rubus ulmifolius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Rubus
Species: R. ulmifolius
Binomial name
Rubus ulmifolius
Schott 1818

Rubus ulmifolius is a species of wild blackberry known by the English common name elmleaf blackberry or thornless blackberry and the Spanish common name zarzamora. It is native to Europe and North Africa, and has also become naturalized in parts of the United States (especially California), Australia, and southern South America.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Rubus ulmifolius is a brambly shrub sometimes as much as 5 meters (almost 17 feet) tall, sometimes with spines but not always. Leaves are palmately compound with 3 or 5 leaflets, the leaflets green on the upper surface but white on the underside because of a dense layer of woolly hairs. Flowers are usually pink, sometimes white. The fruit is a compound drupe, dark purple, almost black.[4]

Flower and buds

Rubus sanctus is often considered to be a subspecies of R. ulmifolius.


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  2. GRIN Species Profile
  3. Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
  4. 1 2 Flora of North America, Rubus ulmifolius Schott, 1818. Elm-leaf blackberry
  5. Altervista Flora Italiana, Rubus ulmifolius Schott includes photos and European distribution map
  6. Calflora taxon report, University of California, Rubus ulmifolius Schott, elmleaf blackberry
  7. Troncoso, N. S. 1987. Piperaceae, Polygonaceae (Coccoloba, Muehlenbeckia, Ruprechtia, Emex), Aizoaceae, Molluginaceae, Basellaceae, Berberidaceae, Annonaceae, Menispermaceae, Capparaceae, Rosaceae. 3: 2–6,. In A. E. Burkart (ed.) Flora Ilustrada de Entre Ríos (Argentina). Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, Buenos Aires
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  10. Tela Botanica in French with photos
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