Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1398

Woody vine
Perennial
Dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in a wide variety of upland and wetland habitats, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Partially evergreen
Simple
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Bluish-black
Berry

 

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

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

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Smilax glauca   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 041-02-007:
Smilax glauca   FAMILY Liliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Whiteleaf Greenbrier, Wild Sarsaparilla, Sawbrier


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image of Smilax glauca, Whiteleaf Greenbrier, Wild Sarsaparilla, Sawbrier

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_smgl_001_lvd

        

image of Smilax glauca, Whiteleaf Greenbrier, Wild Sarsaparilla, Sawbrier

JK Marlow    jkm0401c_05

January    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

Climbing or scrambling woody vine with thorns, 2-20m long, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Smilax glauca, Whiteleaf Greenbrier, Wild Sarsaparilla, Sawbrier

JK Marlow    jkm0401c_06

January    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

SC's only species of Smilax with leaves whitish beneath, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Smilax glauca, Whiteleaf Greenbrier, Wild Sarsaparilla, Sawbrier

JK Marlow    jkm071020_050

October    Greenville County    SC

image of Smilax glauca, Whiteleaf Greenbrier, Wild Sarsaparilla, Sawbrier

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmsglauca_0

October        

image of Smilax glauca, Whiteleaf Greenbrier, Wild Sarsaparilla, Sawbrier

JK Marlow    snm151030_smilax1_227e

October    Greenville County    SC

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