Herb: Ceylon Blackberry


Latin name: Rubus moluccanus


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Medicinal use of Ceylon Blackberry:

The leaves are abortifacient, astringent and emmenagogue. The fruit is considered to be a useful remedy for the nocturnal micturation of children (bed-wetting).

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Habitat of the herb:

Rainforest edges in Australia. Found at elevations up to 2100 metres in the Himalayas.

Edible parts of Ceylon Blackberry:

Fruit - raw or cooked and used in pies, preserves etc. It has a sour flavour and is astringent.

Other uses of the herb:

A purple to dull blue dye is obtained from the fruit.

Propagation of Ceylon Blackberry:

Seed - requires stratification and is best sown in early autumn in a cold frame. Stored seed requires one month stratification at about 3C 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, July/August in a frame. Tip layering in July. Plant out in autumn. Division in early spring or just before leaf-fall in the autumn.

Cultivation of the herb:

Rainforest edges in Australia. Found at elevations up to 2100 metres in the Himalayas.

Known hazards of Rubus moluccanus:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.