Smilax tamnoides L.

Bristly Greenbrier, Chinaroot


Family: Smilacaceae

Genus: Smilax

Category: Vine - Deciduous

Size: Climbing to 25'

Exposure: Filtered Sun, Part Shade

Description: 

Alternate leaves, to 5" long, parallel veins, shiny green above but paler below. Stems are covered in black prickles and have tendrils in pairs for climbing. Yellow-green flowers in clusters in spring followed by blue-black berries to 0.25" diameter late summer and into winter.

History: 

Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 1030 in 1753. Lectotype = "Smilax Bryoniae nigrae foliis caule spinosa, baccis nigris" in Catesby's Natural History Volume I Plate 52.

Native to eastern Canada and eastern and central US.

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