OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

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


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Smilax laurifolia   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Smilax laurifolia

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 041-02-010:
Smilax laurifolia   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH The woody Smilaxes of the United States (Coker, 1944)
Smilax laurifolia

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Smilax laurifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar


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image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

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

        

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

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

        

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

JK Marlow    jkm210209_8714

February    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

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

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

JK Marlow    jkm120512_726

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

JK Marlow    jkm220605_8225

June    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

JK Marlow    jkm220605_8226

June    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

Dan Whitten    sdw_060321_02876

June    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Prickles of the stem broad-based and awl-like or catclaw-like, green brown or black, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

Dan Whitten    sdw_060321_02877

June    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

JK Marlow    jkm110814_234

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

JK Marlow    jkm110814_237

August    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

JK Marlow    jkm210813_2738

August    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

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.

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

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 (2012).

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

JK Marlow    jkm141025_298

October    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Smilax laurifolia, Bamboo-vine, Blaspheme-vine, Wild Bamboo, Laurel-leaf Greenbriar

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

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Smilax laurifolia   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Smilax laurifolia   FAMILY Smilacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Smilax laurifolia

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 041-02-010:
Smilax laurifolia   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH The woody Smilaxes of the United States (Coker, 1944)
Smilax laurifolia

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Smilax laurifolia

 

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1400

Climbing woody vine
Perennial
Dioecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont & Mountains)

Habitat: pocosins, swamp forests, wooded seeps and bogs, swamps, and other wetlands, often with groundwater influence, per Weakley's Flora

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IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Stems usually viciously armed with stout prickles almost 1cm long

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

 

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