Wild Irishman or matagouri (Discaria toumatou) shrub was often a problem for early settlers in Central Otago and the eastern South Island. Not only could its thorns inflict a painful wound, but it inhibited the growth of pasture. The word matagouri is a corruption of the shrub’s Māori name, tūmatakuru.
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Photograph by Maggy Wassilieff
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