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Taxon: Morus alba L.

Genus: Morus
Family: Moraceae tribe: Moreae
Nomen number: 24607
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:986. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 03-Mar-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 03-Mar-2004
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Davis (DAV).
Accessions: 33 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • Russian mulberry   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • silkworm mulberry   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • white mulberry   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • gewone moerbei   (Source: Weeds SAfr 2001 ) – Afrikaans
  • witmoerbei   (Source: Weeds SAfr 2001 ) – Afrikaans
  • sang   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • mûrier blanc   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • weißer Maulbeerbaum   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • kuwa   (Source: F Japan ) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • amoreira-branca   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • šelkovica belaja   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Transliterated Russian
  • mora   (Source: Names Soukup ) – Spanish
  • moral blanco   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • morera blanca   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • vitt mullbär   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    China: China [c. & n.]

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Southern Africa: South Africa
    Western Asia: Afghanistan
    Eastern Asia: Japan
    Indian Subcontinent: India
    Malesia: Borneo; Indonesia - Celebes, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas; New Guinea; Philippines
    Europe [s.]
    Eastern Canada: Canada - Ontario
    United States
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    South America [s.]

  • widely cultivated in temperate regions




Check other web resources for Morus alba L.:

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP: North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • SIBIS: South African National Biodiversity Institute's (SANBI) Integrated Biodiversity System
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Morus alba cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (25 November 2015)

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