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Rubus the bushlawyers

October 2nd 2005

Rubus is the genera in which the weedy blackberry is found. The above photo shows the similarity of fruit with this exotic weedy plant.
Rubus australis Bush lawyer tataramoa

The compound leaves has leaflets between 5-10 cm long and oval with a coarsely serrated margin. The  prickles are reddish. The fruit is about 8mm in diameter, yellow-red.

Rubus schmidelioides Bush Lawyer

The compound leaf of  Rubus schmidelioides is divided into usually 5 lanceolate leaflets that may be 5-12 cm long and toothed.
Rubus cissoides
male flowers of Rubus cissoides

If you wish to learn more about native plants I suggest one of these natural history books from fishpond

Life-size Guide to New Zealand Native Ferns: Featuring the Caterpillars Which Feed on ThemA Field Guide to the Native Edible Plants of New ZealandGardener's Encyclopaedia of NZ Native PlantsTrees and Shrubs of New ZealandThe Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Native Trees



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