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Rubus australis - tātarāmoa, bush lawyer

Rose family: Rosaceae

Rubus australis is a vigorous perennial scrambling vine with green recurved prickles that enable it to cling to adjacent vegetation. The leaves are divided into three almost round and toothed leaflets. A large genus of over 1000 species, mostly north temperate.
One of five species endemic to New Zealand, R. australis is found in lowland forest throughout the country.  

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: vine

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 8 mm diam.

Leaf form: divided into 3-5 ovate leaflets

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 5-10 cm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment: stipule

Stamens: numerous

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs, prickles, glands

Fruit: dry