Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Smilax herbacea L. image
Photographer: Janice Stiefel           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration
Family Smilacaceae
Smilax herbacea L.
common carrion-flower, Jacob's-ladder, smilax
Smilax: Greek for "clasping"
herbacea: herbaceous, not woody
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Status: Native
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

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Flora of North America (off site)
Coprosmanthus herbaceus (L.) Kunth
Coprosmanthus peduncularis (Muhl. ex Willd.) Kunth
Nemexia cerulea Raf.
Nemexia herbacea (L.) Small
Nemexia nigra Raf.
Smilax herbacea L. subsp. crispifolia Pennell
Smilax herbacea L. var. herbacea
Smilax herbacea L. var. peduncularis (Muhl. ex Willd.) A.DC.
Smilax herbacea L. var. simsii A.DC
Smilax peduncularis Muhl. ex Willd.

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