Some 250 erect, trailing or prostrate shrubs, shoots dying down in winter Leaves alternate, simple or compound, stipules present. Flowers white or pink, calyx and corolla 5-parted, numerous stamens. Fruit is a single-seeded dupe, usually grouped in an aggregate fruit form. Native mostly to the Northern Hemisphere, but also found in Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands.
Rubus: the Latin name for the plant.