Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Woody vine
Perennial
Dioecious

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

Common (rare Piedmont & Mtns), primarily endemic to Southeastern Coastal Plain

Look for it in pocosins, swamp forests, mountain bogs in southwest NC, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Bluish-black
Berry

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Smilax laurifolia   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 041-02-010:
Smilax laurifolia   FAMILY Liliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Bayvine


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_smla_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_smla_005_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120512_726

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaves often rounded to an acute apex, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm110814_234

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm110814_237

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    s070920_a

September    Pickens County    SC

Poe Creek State Forest

Leaves coriaceous, oblong or oblong-lanceolate to oblong-linear, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm141025_293

October    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Midvein below much more pronounced than the principal lateral veins, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm141025_298

October    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Prickles of the stem broad-based and awl-like or catclaw-like, not abundant, per Weakley's Flora.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmslaurifolia_longbay1

Month Unknown    Barnwell County    SC

High-climbing, scrambling vine that can form impenetrable thickets. — Patrick McMillan

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmslaurifolia_oceanbay3

Month Unknown    Horry County    SC

Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve

Leaves 2-4" long, leathery, green to yellowish-green above. — Patrick McMillan