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Taxon: Rubus armeniacus Focke

Genus: Rubus subgenus: Rubus section: Rubus
Family: Rosaceae subfamily: Rosoideae tribe: Rubeae
Nomen number: 32263
Place of publication: Abh. Naturwiss. Vereins Bremen 4:183. 1874
Comment: this name applies to the widely cultivated and naturalized (and Caucasus native?) Himalaya-berry, when treated as a species distinct from the European R. praecox (syn. R. procerus)
Name verified on: 09-May-2005 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Corvallis (COR).
Accessions: 25 in National Plant Germplasm System.

A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
OR(as Rubus discolor)*, OR(except fruit for consumption)*.
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

Common names:

  • Himalaya blackberry   (Source: F Eur [as R. discolor]) – English
  • Himalaya giant blackberry   (Source: Bramb Brit [as R. procerus]) – English
  • Himalaya-berry   (Source: Websters Dict [as R. procerus]) – English
  • Himalaya-Brombeere   (Source: Zander ed17 [as R. procerus]) – German
  • armeniskt björnbär   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Harmful organism host: crop diseases   (fide Virus Diseases, as R. procerus)
  • Harmful organism host: crop pests   (fide Virus Diseases, as R. procerus)
  • Human food: fruit   (fide Cornucopia, as R. procerus; Eur Gard F, as R. procerus)
  • Gene sources: primary genetic relative of blackberry   (as a source of germplasm for blackberry cultivars fide Pl Breed Rev 29:24. 2007)
  • Weed   (fide Rep NCEPPC, as Rubus discolor)

Distributional range:

    Caucasus: Armenia [possibly native]

  • widely naturalized in temperate regions




Check other web resources for Rubus armeniacus Focke:

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • 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: (04 October 2015)

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