Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1397

Forb
Perennial
Dioecious

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

Rare (an endemic), primarily in Blue Ridge Escarpment region

Look for it in dry forests (such as dry pine ridges and chestnut oak forests) and moist forests, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, whorl-like cluster of 5-7 leaves near stem summit

FLOWER:
Spring
Yellowish-green
Unisexual
Radially symmetrical
6 tepals
6 stamens in staminate flowers
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Black
Berry

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Smilax biltmoreana   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Smilax biltmoreana   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 041-02-003a:
Smilax ecirrhata var. biltmoreana   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Nemexia biltmoreana

 

COMMON NAME:
Biltmore Carrionflower