Scientific Name:
Rubus australis G.Forst., Fl. Ins. Austr. 40 (1786)
  • = Rubus australis var. glaber Hook.f., Bot. Antarct. Voy. II. (Fl. Nov.-Zel.) Part I, 53 (1852)
Vernacular Name(s):
Bush lawyer; Swamp lawyer; Taraheke; Taramoa; Tātaraheke; Tātarāmoa; Tātarāmoa-turuhunga

Scrambling liane; stems stout, terete, finely tomentose when young, sometimes becoming glabrous, often only sparsely hairy in juveniles; armature of numerous, small, slender, wide-based, reddish prickles. Lvs palmate; leaflets 3–5, mostly glabrous but often with weak hairs on major veins on both surfaces and margins, usually coarsely and often unevenly serrate, thin and submembranous and with veins darkened and conspicuous in juveniles; terminal leaflet lamina elliptic to ovate or suborbicular, 15–60 × 10–40 mm, with petiolule usually c. = or > lamina, rarely shorter. Infl. a many-flowered panicle up to 20 cm long. Petals white to cream, occasionally pinkish. Drupelets pale yellow to orange-red.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Aug.–Jan.; Fruiting: Oct.–Mar.

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.N.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series. No. 22. [Not Threatened]
de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Champion, P.D.; Courtney, S.P.; Heenan, P.B.; Barkla, J.W.; Cameron, E.K.; Norton, D.A.; Hitchmough, R.A. 2013: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 3. Department of Conservation, Wellington. [Not Threatened]
Forster, J.G.A. 1786: Florulae Insularum Australium Prodromus. Dietrich, Göttingen.
Hooker, J.D. 1852–1853 ("1853"): The Botany of the Antarctic Voyage of H.M. Discovery Ships Erebus and Terror in the Years 1839–1843, under the command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross. II. Flora Novae-Zelandiae. Part I. Flowering plants. Lovell Reeve, London.