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Morus australis

Morus australis
Plant specimen in the Kunming Botanical Garden, Kunming, Yunnan, China.
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Moraceae
Genus: Morus
M. australis
Binomial name
Morus australis
  • M. acidosa Griff.
  • M. alba var. indica (L.) Bureau
  • M. alba var. nigriformis Bureau
  • M. alba var. stylosa Bureau
  • M. australis var. hastifolia (F.T.Wang & T.Tang ex Z.Y.Cao) Z.Y.Cao
  • M. australis var. incisa C.Y.Wu
  • M. australis var. inusitata (H.Lév.) C.Y.Wu
  • M. australis var. linearipartita Z.Y.Cao
  • M. australis var. oblongifolia Z.Y.Cao
  • M. bombycis Koidz.
  • M. bombycis var. angustifolia Koidz.
  • M. bombycis var. bifida Koidz.
  • M. bombycis var. longistyla Koidz.
  • M. bombycis var. tiliifolia Koidz.
  • M. cavaleriei H.Lév.
  • M. formosensis Hotta
  • M. hastifolia F.T.Wang & T.Tang ex Z.Y.Cao
  • M. inusitata H.Lév.
  • M. longistyla Diels
  • M. nigriformis (Bureau) Koidz.
  • M. stylosa var. ovalifolia Ser.

Morus australis, also called Korean mulberry[3] and Chinese mulberry,[4] is a flowering plant species found in East and Southeast Asia.

The larvae of the freak (Calinaga buddha) feed on M. australis.

The substance "Australone A", a prenylflavonoid, can be found in M. australis.[5]


Some authorities claim that M. australis is a synonym of Broussonetia papyrifera, the paper mulberry.[6], others deny this, claiming that M. australis and B. papyrifera are separate species within the Moraceae family.[citation needed]

M. australis is closely related to M. kagayamae, the main difference is that M. australis has fewer, or no, palmate leaves.[citation needed] The majority of Morus species should be considered subspecies of M. alba,[citation needed] whether M. australis is a separate species, or a subspecies of M. alba has not been established.[citation needed] Millennia of cultivation of Morus species, and easy hybridisation between Morus species, has resulted in difficulties for classification.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Morus australis". International Plant Names Index (IPNI). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Harvard University Herbaria & Libraries; Australian National Botanic Gardens. Retrieved 30 March 2024.
  2. ^ "Morus australis". Flora of China. Retrieved 30 March 2024 – via, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
  3. ^ "Morus australis". Plants for a Future. Retrieved 30 March 2024. Common Name: Korean Mulberry, Aino Mulberry
  4. ^ Iziko: Museums of South Africa. "Morus australis (Chinese mulberry)". Department of Sports, Arts and Culture. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  5. ^ Ko, HH; Yu, SM; Ko, FN; Teng, CM; Lin, CN (1997). "Bioactive constituents of Morus australis and Broussonetia papyrifera". Journal of Natural Products. 60 (10): 1008–11. doi:10.1021/np970186o. PMID 9358644.
  6. ^ "Morus australis Poir.". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 16 June 2024. This name is a synonym of Broussonetia papyrifera

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