Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 181. 1832.
selected vouchers: WTU
Notes: Draft FNA9: "Rubus nivalis is defined by its trailing, prickly stems, simple to 3-foliate perennial leaves, broadly elliptic to ovate stipules, and small magenta to pink flowers. The closest relative of R. nivalis is likely the Mexican R. pumilus Focke. Asian species previously classified in subg. Chamaebatus are polyploid (M. M. Thompson 1997) and not phylogenetically close (L. A. Alice and C. C. Campbell 1999; L. A. Alice et al. 2008, pers. comm.)."