Smilax hispida Raf.

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Smilax hispida Raf.

  • Description

    Species Description - Slender woody vine, often climbing high, beset (at least below) with unequal needle-like prickles; lvs deciduous, shiny-green, ovate to rotund; 8–12 × 6–10 cm at maturity; acute to rounded or cuspidate; at base rounded to truncate or cordate, not thickened at the margin, minutely serrulate (visibly so at 10×), 5- or 7-nerved, the reticulate veinlets not much elevated; peduncles flattened, mostly 2–6 cm, generally at least twice as long as the subtending petiole; fr black, not glaucous, 6–8 mm, with 1(2) seeds; 2n=32. Moist woods and thickets; Conn. and N.Y. to n. Fla., w. to Mich., s. Minn., Nebr., and Tex., the commonest greenbrier in the w. part of our range. May, June. (S. pseudochina, misapplied; S. tamnoides, perhaps misapplied)