An herbaceous Smilax from Patricia, SC, but in NC

Posted on |

VIne, with ball of very small white flowers. Sighted at 5,000 ft elevation in NC on the Blue Ridge parkway.

Hi Patricia,

this is a wonderful photo! It mystified me for a bit, but it appears to be either Smilax herbacea or Smilax pulverulenta, one of the herbaceous greenbriers, male flowers.  I’ve never seen so many flowers in a head in this one, and the leaves are not in the picture.  I asked Alan Weakley about it also, and he confirmed that it is one of the two Smilax species.


Steve Hill, Ph.D, Botanist, SCNPS

Comments are closed.