Story: Shrublands

Sweet briar rosehips

Sweet briar rosehips

Brought to New Zealand in the early 1800s and originally planted around homesteads, sweet briar spread rapidly through the short tussocklands of the South Island. Sweet briar is a scrambling, thorny rose that produces small pink flowers in summer and bright orange fruits (rosehips) in early winter. Farmers consider it a pest, as it establishes browse-resistant thickets in poor pastures. On conservation lands it also has weed status, as it out-competes and displaces native plants.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Shrublands - Shrublands of dry country', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14540/sweet-briar-rosehips (accessed 27 May 2019)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007