Photographer: Janice Stiefel
Smilax herbacea L.
common carrion-flower, Jacob's-ladder, smilax
Smilax: Greek for "clasping"
herbacea: herbaceous, not woody
|Plant: ||perennial, herbaceous vine climbing to 7' tall, tendrils from almost all leaf axils, no prickles|
|Flower: ||green to yellowish, 6-parted; inflorescence with 20-100 flowers in a 1 1/2" ball-like umbel from the leaf axils, the stalk 5-8 times as long as its leaf stalk; blooms May-June|
|Fruit:||dark blue, smooth berries in round clusters|
|Leaf:||more than 25, undersides smooth, parallel veins; oval, tapering to a pointed tip|
|Habitat: ||moist; woods, fencerows|