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:
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 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, 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.