OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Smilax herbacea   FAMILY Smilacaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Smilax herbacea   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Smilax herbacea

INCLUDED WITHIN Phylogeography of North American herbaceous Smilax (Smilacaceae) (Li et al., 2013)
Smilax herbacea

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

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

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

image of Smilax herbacea, Common Carrionflower, Smooth Carrionflower

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 OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Smilax herbacea   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Smilax herbacea   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Smilax herbacea

INCLUDED WITHIN Phylogeography of North American herbaceous Smilax (Smilacaceae) (Li et al., 2013)
Smilax herbacea

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

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1399

Herbaceous vine (with tendrils)
Perennial
Dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common (rare in 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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