bristly greenbrier Smilacaceae Smilax tamnoides L. Listen to the Latin   symbol: SMTA2
Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, rounded to cordate, 3 to 5 inches long, margins ciliate or very finely serrate, parallel veins, shiny green above, slightly paler beneath.
Flower: Small, yellow-green, in clusters with long stems, appearing in late spring.

Fruit: Dark blue to nearly black, round berry, 1/4 inch in diameter, ripens in late summer and persists into the winter.

Twig: Stout green with numerous dark (nearly black), needle-like prickles, numerous paired, slender tendrils.

Bark: Remaining green for a long time but will turn darker and even brown on old stems.

Form: A climbing or trailing vine with tendrils.
Looks like: saw greenbrier - catbrier - laurel greenbrier - common greenbrier
No range map exists for this species. See a map of the states in which Smilax tamnoides can be found (opens a new window). USDA Plants Database
Smilax tamnoides is native to North America.

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