Rubus rolfei (PROSEA)

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List of species

Rubus rolfei Vidal

Family: Rosaceae


  • Rubus elmeri Focke.

Vernacular names

  • Philippines: bunut, polnit (Bontok), subit (Igorot).


Taiwan, the Philippines (Luzon, Negros, Mindoro).


The fruits are edible, sweet.


  • Sprawling shrub with prostrate long shoots up to several m long, spines few.
  • Leaves simple.
  • Flowers white.
  • Collective fruit globular, ca. 1 cm in diameter, with persistent spreading sepals, yellow-orange (and pinkish-red?).

In forests and clearings at altitudes between 1500-2700 m.

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.
  • Kalkman, C., 1984. The genus Rubus (Rosaceae) in Malesia. 2. The subgenus Malachobatus. Blumea 29: 319-386.


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