Rubus copelandii (PROSEA)

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Rubus copelandii Merr.

Family: Rosaceae

Vernacular names

  • Philippines: pinit (Bontok).


Endemic in the Philippines (Luzon).


The fruits are edible, fairly juicy but not well flavoured.


  • A climbing or sprawling shrub, up to 4 m long with many prickles and spine-like hairs.
  • Leaves trifoliolate, petals white.
  • Collective fruit ovoid, up to 2 cm × 1 cm with spreading sepals, dark red, occurring singly or in small clusters.

In more or less open places in forest, forest borders and thickets, at 1700-2450 m altitude.

Selected sources

  • Brown, W.H., 1951-1957. Useful plants of the Philippines. Reprint of the 1941-1943 ed. 3 Volumes. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Technical Bulletin 10. Bureau of Printing, Manila, the Philippines.
  • Zandee, M. & Kalkman, C., 1981. The genus Rubus (Rosaceae) in Malesia. 1. Subgenera Chamaebatus and Idaeobatus. Blumea 27: 75-113.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen