A Smilax from Richard in SC

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It is a vine that grows from a huge bulb system. It starts out looking like asparagus spears. The vine grows straight up until it reaches a tree limb or something. The stalk is nothing but thorns. This vine can be 40 plus feet high and as its growing up to a foot a day there are only a couple of leaves.

Hi Richard,

well, based on your photo and description, this must be a species of Smilax, greenbrier. Which one I do not know because I need to see the mature leaves.  Please resubmit when you have these.


Dr. Steven Hill, botanist, SCNPS

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