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Bush lawyer – collection of climbing blackberry plants

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Bush lawyer is a very common name of a collection of climbing blackberry plants which are located in New Zealand, most of them are rampant forest vines.

Overview of Bush Lawyer

• The Maori language name of the plant is tataramoa.
• Tataramoa or bush lawyer has hooked thorns that grab clothing and rip or even prick the skin.
• The colloquial English name is usually said to have been assigned simply because once this thorny plant gets attached to you it will eventually not allow you to go until it has drawn blood.
• In New Zealand, the thorny vine is best referred to as bush lawyer.
• Located throughout the country approximately 1000 m, the plant has hand-shaped leaves with 3 to 5 toothed ‘fingers’, white colored flowers and a yellowish-red fruit.
• The berry is structured like a tiny blackberry and was previously used by early Europeans to produce jams and jellies.
• The plant’s most recognizable characteristics are the thorns.
• The backward-pointing prickles on the stems assist the vine to rise to the open canopy of a forest but additionally snare unwary trampers who wander from the track.
• You’ll instantly know bush lawyer whenever you come across it as the thorns will painfully scrape across the bare thighs or arms, immediately drawing blood.

Scientific Classification of Bush Lawyer

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Rosids
• Order : Rosales
• Family : Rosaceae
• Genus : Rubus
• Subgenus : Micranthobatus

• Rubus australis
• Rubus cissoides
• Rubus parvus
• Rubus schmidelioides
• Rubus squarrosus

Growing/Caring conditions

• This plant is successful in most fertile soils.
• It is very easily grown in an excellent well-drained loamy soil and in a sun-filled position.
• This species is not at all hardy in Britain, it is successful outdoors only in the mildest regions of the country and even there it needs the safety of a warm sunny wall.
• An aggressive growing plant, it could easily swamp close by plants.
• Plants are frequently erroneously labeled as R. australis.
• The grownup and juvenile kinds of this plant are very different from one another.
• Dioecious, male and female plants have to be grown if seed is needed.
• Plants within this genus are particularly prone to honey fungus.

• Seed demands stratification which is best sown in earlier autumn in a cold frame.
• Saved seed takes 1 month stratification at approximately 3°c which is best sown as quickly as possible in the year.
• Prick away the seedlings while they are large enough to deal with and develop on in a cold frame.
• Grow them out into their long-term placements in late spring of the following season.
• Cuttings of half-ripe wood should be grown in July/August in a frame.
• Tip layering should be done in July.
• Grow out in autumn.
• Splitting should be done in early spring or simply before leaf-fall in the autumn.

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