This species used to be considered to be part of Rubus moorei but is now considered to be distinct - a main difference is that the leaves of Rubus moorei are silky whilst in this species they are glossy[
Common Name: Bush Lawyer
Rubus nebulosus is an evergreen, climbing shrub, producing a cluster of prickly, scrambling stems from a woody rootstock; the plant can climb into the tops of tall trees, scrambling over the ground to form obstructive tangles where no support is available[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Eastern Australia - Queensland, New South Wales
Widespread in moister rainforest in coastal areas in New South Wales, rising to higher elevations towards the north of its range[
Rubus nebulosus is native to the warm temperate and subtropical regions of eastern Australia. It is unlikely to succeed outdoors in colder regions of the temperate zone.
Prefers a moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil[
]. Plants are shade tolerant when young, usually climbing through the vegetation to reach more sunlight.
Fruit - raw or cooked. The fruit generally looks nicer than it tastes, but occasional delectable specimens can be found - superior taste is generally associated with heavier fruit production[
]. The red, globose fruit is around 10mm in diameter[
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, mid summer in a frame[
Tip layering in July. Plant out in autumn.
Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn[