Photographer: Kitty Kohout
Smilax lasioneura Hook.
common carrion flower, hairy carrion-flower
Smilax: Greek for "clasping"
lasioneura: from Greek lasios for shaggy, wooly, hairy; neur for nerve
|Plant: ||annual, herbaceous vine climbing to 8 1/2' tall, tendrils from almost all leaf axils, no prickles|
|Flower: ||green to yellowish, 6-parted; inflorescence with up to 30 flowers in the many 1 1/2" ball-like umbels from the leaf axils, the long stalks 2-3 times as long as the leaf stalks; blooms May-June|
|Fruit:||dark blue, smooth berry in round clusters|
|Leaf:||more than 25, evenly distributed, underside finely hairy and paler than upper leaf surface, parallel veins; end rounded, blunt or with a short point|
|Habitat: ||moist; woods, fencerows|