Rubus squarrosus


Rubus: From the Latin meaning bramble

Common Name(s)

Leafless lawyer, yellow-prickled lawyer

Current Conservation Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2012 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2009 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, Paul D. Champion, Shannel P. Courtney, Peter B. Heenan, John W. Barkla, Ewen K. Cameron, David A. Norton and Rodney A. Hitchmough. File size: 792KB

Previous Conservation Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened


Rubus squarrosus Fritsch



Brief Description

Prickly often nearly leafless scrambling vine bearing yellow prickles and with small reddish blackberry-like fruit. Yellow spines contrast with the green stem. 3-5 Leaflets 1-7cm long, widest at base, tapering to pointed tip, teeth large. Flowers white, in a loose spray to 20cm long.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native

NVS Species Code


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.

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs


Endemic. North and South Islands, from Ahipara south (rare north of the Manawatu)

Flower Colours



Not Threatened but often local and uncommon over large parts of its potential range. Some northern populations are very vulnerable to habitat destruction

Chromosome No.

2n = 28

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Where To Buy

Occasionally available from retail plant and specialist native plant nurseries.

This page last updated on 6 Dec 2014