Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Wetland plant indicator status rating
FACU: Facultative Upland
Occasionally is a hydrophyte but usually occurs in uplands (non-wetlands).
Robust suckering and scrambling shrub up to about 4 m high. Stems are almost square in cross-section and are covered in reddish bristles and straight flattened prickles. The leaves are trifoliate, white tomentose on the lower surface the margins are unevenly serrate. Inflorescences are at the ends of the branches, each flower up to 35 mm diameter. Fruit are orange-red to dark red drupelets to about 15 mm long.
The tri-pinnate leaves with white tomentum beneath distinguish this species.
November, December, January
December, January, February, March, April
Spreads by suckering and seed; many seeds are produced; dispersed by people and birds.
Reason for introduction
rubus: From the Latin meaning bramble