Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Butcher's Broom, Knee Holly
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October Aiken County SC
What looks like leaves are modified stems, "cladophylls", per Manual of Woody Landscape Plants.
Non-native: Europe, northern Africa, the Near East
Cladophylls appear to be simple leaves
Cladophylls are modified stems with the form and function of leaves
Unisexual or bisexual
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!