Rubus bonatii H. Léveillé; R. boudieri H. Léveillé; R. distans D. Don; R. foliolosus D. Don; R. incanus Sasaki ex Y. C. Liu & Yang; R. lasiocarpus Smith; R. lasiocarpus var. ectenothyrsus Cardot; R. lasiocarpus var. micranthus (D. Don) J. D. Hooker; R. longistylus H. Léveillé; R. mairei H. Léveillé; R. micranthus D. Don; R. mysorensis F. Heyne; R. niveus var. micranthus (D. Don) H. Hara; R. pinnatus D. Don; R. pyi H. Léveillé; R. tongchouanensis H. Léveillé.
Scrambling shrubby perennial, up to 2 m, with sharp slightly recurved prickles. Young stems and branches covered in a white powdery substance, which is mostly lost on older parts. Leaves imparipinnate with 2-3 pairs of leaflets and a terminal leaflet; leaflets elliptic to ovate, shiny green and hairless above, covered in white felt below; margin serrate. Leaflets plicate along the prominent veins; main rhachis and petiole set with small prickles. Flowers in few-flowered pedicels and calyx covered in white hairs; petals shorter than sepals, white, mauve-pink or red. Fruit 8-10 mm in diameter, purple when ripe; carpels pubescent.