Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1394

Woody vine
Perennial
Dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it on dunes on barrier islands, in dry sandy openings in maritime forests or on sandhills near the coast, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellowish-green
Unisexual
Radially symmetrical
6 tepals
6 stamens in staminate flowers
Superior ovary
Flowers in axillary umbels

FRUIT:
Fall
Black
Berry

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Liliales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Smilax auriculata   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Smilax auriculata   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 041-02-009:
Smilax auriculata   FAMILY Liliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Dune Greenbrier


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image of Smilax auriculata

JK Marlow    jkm0502d_01

February    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

A vine usually forming dense low thickets, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Smilax auriculata

JK Marlow    s050227_o

February    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Stems usually spineless. Leaves leathery, smooth, green on both sides, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Smilax auriculata

JK Marlow    s050227_p

February    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Leaves oblong to oblong-lanceolate, abruptly rounded to acute apex, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Smilax auriculata

Keith Bradley    kab_s_auriculata_77373

July    Miami-Dade County    FL