Smilax tamnoides

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Bristly greenbrier
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Smilacaceae
Genus: Smilax
S. tamnoides
Binomial name
Smilax tamnoides
L. 1753
  • Smilax hispida Muhl. ex Torr. 1843, illegitimate homonym not Raf. 1840
  • Smilax medica Petz. & G.Kirchn. 1864, illegitimate homonym not Schltdl. & Cham. 1831
  • Dilax muricata Raf.
  • Smilax grandifolia Buckley

Smilax tamnoides, common name bristly greenbrier,[2] is a North American species of plants native to the United States and Canada. It is widespread from Ontario and New York State south to Texas and Florida.[1][3]

The plant has been called Smilax hispida in many publications, but the name Smilax tamnoides is much older and under the botanical rules of priority it is the preferred name.

Smilax tamnoides is a climbing, prickly vine that supports itself on other vegetation. Flowers are green to brown, small but numerous in umbels; fruits blue to black without the waxy coating common on many other species of the genus.[4]

Conservation status in the United States[edit]

It is as a special concern species and believed extirpated in Connecticut.[5]


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