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NZ Plants

Rubus squarrosus

Rose family: Rosaceae

Rubus squarrosus is a vigorous perennial scrambling vine with yellow recurved prickles that enable it to cling to adjacent vegetation. The leaves are divided into three lance-shaped leaflets with toothed margins . The leaflets are usually greatly reduced in size and often consist only of a midrib. Found in lowland forest throughout the country.
One of five species endemic to New Zealand.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: vine

Flower symmetry: symmetric


Flower size: 8 mm diam.

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

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: up to 5 cm

Petals: 5, yellow

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