Scientific Name:
Rubus squarrosus Fritsch, Österreichische Botanische Zeitschrift 36: 259 (1886)
  • = Rubus cissoides var. pauperatus Kirk, Stud. Fl. New Zealand 126 (1899)
Vernacular Name(s):
Leafless lawyer; Yellow-prickled lawyer

Liane with slender to stout stems, often ± leafless and forming a low bush of intertwining branchlets in exposed sites; stems terete, hairy when young; armature of short, curved (sometimes almost straight), yellow prickles. Lvs palmate; leaflets 3–(5), glabrous or rarely with scattered hairs on veins, serrate to crenate-serrate; terminal leaflet lamina ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, often lobed or much reduced, often to midrib only, up to 70 × 20–(40) mm, with petiolule (10)–30–200 mm long. Infl. a many-flowered panicle up to 5–(12) cm long. Petals yellowish. Drupelets orange-red.

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

Indigenous (Endemic)

Flowering: Oct.–Dec.; Fruiting: Dec.–Apr.

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]
Kirk,T. 1899: The Students' Flora of New Zealand and the Outlying Islands. Government Printer, Wellington, N.Z.
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