Story: Conifer–broadleaf forests

Bush lawyer spines (2nd of 3)

Bush lawyer spines

Bush lawyer vines have curved hooks on their stems and leaves, which help them climb up trees and over shrubs. They are the only prickly plants in New Zealand forests, but are fairly common, especially Rubus cissoides, shown here. Walkers are often scratched by their dangling stems.

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John Dawson, 'Conifer–broadleaf forests - Overview and features', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by John Dawson, published 24 Sep 2007