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Rubus cissoides A.Cunn.



Scientific Name:
Rubus cissoides A.Cunn., Ann. Nat. Hist. 3: 245 (1839)
  • = Rubus australis var. cissoides (A.Cunn.) Hook.f., Bot. Antarct. Voy. II. (Fl. Nov.-Zel.) Vol. II, 53 (1852)
Vernacular Name(s):
Bush lawyer; Taraheke; Taramoa; Tātaraheke; Tātarāmoa


Scrambling liane; stems stout, terete, glabrate, often with scattered stalked glands when young; armature of numerous, stout, falcate, reddish prickles. Lvs palmate; leaflets (3)-5, glabrate, evenly and usually sharply serrate, usually lanceolate, sometimes ovate-oblong, ovate or linear; terminal leaflet lamina 40-150 × 7-60 mm, with petiolule c. ⅕-⅔ or rarely = or > length of lamina. Infl. a much-branched, many-flowered panicle up to 60 cm long. Petals white. Drupelets orange to red.
[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Indigenous (Endemic)


Flowering: Aug.–Dec.; Fruiting: Nov.–Apr.


Cunningham, A. 1839: Florae insularum Novae Zelandiae precursor; or a specimen of the botany of the islands of New Zealand. Annals of Natural History 3: 244-250.
Hooker, J.D. 1853: The Botany of the Antarctic Voyage of H.M. Discovery Ships Erebus and Terror in the Years 1839-1843. Vol. 2. Flora Novae-Zelandiae Part I. Flowering Plants. Lovell Reeve, London.
Kirk, T. 1899: The Students' Flora of New Zealand and the Outlying Islands. Government Printer, Wellington, N.Z.
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