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Smilax hugeri (Huger's carrionflower)
Wallace, George

Smilax hugeri

Smilax hugeri (Small) J.B.S. Norton ex Pennell

Huger's Carrionflower

Smilacaceae (Catbrier Family)

Synonym(s): Nemexia hugeri, Smilax ecirrhata var. hugeri


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Very similar to Smilax ecirrhata, from which this species may have diverged. An unarmed species.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Vine
Root Type: Tuberous
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Oblong , Oval , Ovate
Inflorescence: Umbel
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: To about 15 feet in height.
Fruit: Berries glaucous, about 9mm in diameter. Fruit matures Aug-Sep.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: AL , FL , GA , KY , MS , NC , SC , TN
Native Distribution: US Southeast.
Native Habitat: Moist deciduous forests.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Smilax hugeri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Smilax hugeri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Smilax hugeri


Record Modified: 2021-05-24
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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