Smilax auriculata Walt. - Earleaf Greenbrier

Smilax auriculata plant

Family - Smilacaceae

Stems:

Smilax auriculata stem

Smilax auriculata stem

Leaves:

Smilax auriculata leaves

Smilax auriculata tendrils

Inflorescence:

Smilax auriculata inflorescence

Flowers:

Smilax auriculata flower

Flowering - April - July.

Habitat - Sandhills, flatwoods, thickets.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can be found in extreme southern Alabama. The plant can be identified by its habitat, tough stems, auriculate leaves, short peduncles, and black fruits. The leaves have thickened margins.
The genus name Smilax derives from the Greek "smila(x)" meaning "a yew, oak, or bindweed."
The species name auriculata derives from the Latin "aur(icul)" meaning "an ear" referring to the lobes at the base of the leaves.

Alabama Distribution:

Smilax auriculata map

Photographs taken in Winter Haven, FL., 4-16-05.


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