Mauritius Raspberry (Rubus rosaefolius)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Mauritius Raspberry
Rubus rosaefolius

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

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves and the roots are anodyne, astringent and depurative[193, 218].

    A decoction of the leafy stems is used in the treatment of fevers[218].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked and used in pies, preserves etc[183]. A type of raspberry[2], but without any pleasant flavour[146]. Insipid[1, 193]. It is usually cooked[177], making good tarts and jams[193]. The red fruit is up to 15mm in diameter[266].

    Leaves[183]. No further details are given.

  • 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].
Easily grown in a good well-drained loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[1, 11, 200]. Not very hardy outdoors in Britain, it usually requires greenhouse protection[200] though it has been seen outdoors at Kew growing at the base of a west-facing wall[K] and might succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country. This species is a raspberry with biennial stems, it produces a number of new stems each year from the perennial rootstock, these stems fruit in their second year and then die[200]. The fruit is sold in local markets in the Himalayas[146]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200].
E. Asia – Himalayas to the East Indies and Australia.

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