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Rubus cissoides - tātarāmoa, taraheke

Rose family: Rosaceae

Rubus cissoides is a vigorous perennial scrambling vine with green  recurved prickles that enable it to cling to adjacent vegetation. The leaves are divided into three lance-shaped leaflets with toothed edges.

One of five species endemic to New Zealand, R. cissoidess is found in lowland forest throughout the country and has several different forms.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: vine

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 8-12 mm diam.

Leaf form: divided into 3-5 ovate-lanceolate  leaflets

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 5-13 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