Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Smilax tamnoides L.
bristly greenbrier, China root, hellfetter
Smilax: Greek for "clasping"
tamnoides: Tamnus, a Latin name for a climbing plant; Greek oides for like, resemble
|Plant: ||climbing, perennial, woody vine up to 25' tall, lower part of stem with needle-like, uneven prickles|
|Flower: ||green to yellowish, 6-parted; inflorescence a few, 1 1/2" loose, rounded umbels from the leaf axils, the stalks much longer than the leaf stalk; blooms May-June|
|Fruit:||dark blue, smooth berry|
|Leaf:||underside green, parallel veins, broadly oval with a blunt point, edges with tiny teeth|
|Habitat: ||moderate moisture; woods, forests, fencerows|