Ceylon Blackberry (Rubus moluccanus)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Ceylon Blackberry
Rubus moluccanus
Rosaceae

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit[168].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are abortifacient, astringent and emmenagogue[240].

    The fruit is considered to be a useful remedy for the nocturnal micturation of children (bed-wetting)[240].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked and used in pies, preserves etc[146, 177, 183]. It has a sour flavour and is astringent[193].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – requires stratification and is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires one month stratification at about 3¡c and is best sown as early as possible in the year. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow on in a cold frame. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200]. Tip layering in July. Plant out in autumn. Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn[200].
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors in the milder parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[1, 11, 200]. Occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit, there is at least one named variety. ‘Keri’ (or Keriberry) is a very vigorous plant with mild flavoured large black fruits that lack the distinctive flavour of blackberries[183]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
E. Asia – Himalayas to Sri Lanka. Australia – New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria.

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