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Smilax tamnoides

Smilax tamnoides L.

Bristly Greenbriar

Smilacaceae (Catbrier Family)

Synonym(s): Smilax hispida, Smilax hispida var. australis, Smilax hispida var. montana, Smilax tamnoides var. hispida

USDA Symbol: smta2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Vine
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Stems climbing, up to about 25 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Master Naturalists - Lost Pines Chapter - Bastrop, TX

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) 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 tamnoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Smilax tamnoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Smilax tamnoides


Record Modified: 2023-01-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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