Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Smilax tamnoides L. image
Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz           

Emmet J. Judziewicz

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Matthew L. Wagner

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll
Family Smilacaceae
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
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Status: Native
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

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Flora of North America (off site)
Smilax grandifolia Buckley
Smilax hispida Muhl. ex Torr.
Smilax hispida Muhl. ex Torr. var. australis Small
Smilax hispida Muhl. ex Torr. var. montana Coker
Smilax tamnoides L. var. hispida (Muhl. ex Torr.) Fernald

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