OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Smilax herbacea   FAMILY Smilacaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Smilax herbacea   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 041-02-002a:
Smilax herbacea var. herbacea   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Nemexia herbacea

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower


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image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_smhe_001_lvd

        

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm0505k_15

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm120505_053

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Leaf bases cordate, margins convex in outline, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm140519_921

May    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm150508_966c

May    Union County    GA

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm150508_970

May    Union County    GA

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm0406i_22

June    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Bald

Peduncles 5-8x long as the subtending petioles, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm0406i_23

June    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Bald

Flowers in axillary umbels, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm090607_005b

June    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Sepals, petals, and carpels 3; stamens 6, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm090607_009

June    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Tendrils present and numerous, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm200606_5702

June    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm060805_412

August    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm060805_423

August    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm060805_428

August    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm060805_429

August    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm060813_177

August    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Stem herbaceous, lacking prickles. Plant vine-like, climbing or sprawling, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm060813_181

August    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm060813_187

August    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm0509j_05

September    Transylvania County    NC

Silver Run Preserve

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

Ron Lance    rwl_smilaxherbacea

September    Jackson County    NC

Fruit dark blue and glaucous, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm111008_862

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

JK Marlow    jkm111008_890

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Smilax herbacea at the bottom left; Dioscorea on the upper right

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Smilax herbacea   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Smilax herbacea   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 041-02-002a:
Smilax herbacea var. herbacea   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Nemexia herbacea

 

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1399

Herbaceous vine (with tendrils)
Perennial
Dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in GA Coastal Plain, rare in NC-SC Coastal Plain)

Habitat: Moist deciduous forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

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

Flowers in spherical umbels from leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Black
Berry

 

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