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Smilax bona-nox var. bona-nox (Saw greenbrier)
Richardson, Charmaine

Smilax bona-nox var. bona-nox

Smilax bona-nox L. var. bona-nox

Saw Greenbrier, Zarzaparrilla

Smilacaceae (Catbrier Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Vine
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Stems up to about 15 feet long, climbing.
Fruit: Black.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May


USA: AL , AR , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA
Native Habitat: Well-drained to wet areas in woods, fields, thickets, hedgerows, floodplain forests, various other habitats, full to partial sun.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Smilax bona-nox var. bona-nox in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Smilax bona-nox var. bona-nox in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Smilax bona-nox var. bona-nox


Record Modified: 2023-01-13
Research By: CBR

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