Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbriar)

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Key Characteristics

  • Stout, climbing vine, to 10 meters tall, monocot
  • Bark becomes gray or brown
  • Tendrils borne in pairs on the petioles
  • Leaves alternate, simple, rough-margined or with few minute bristle-tipped teeth, thin, usually 5 primary veins, arcuate
  • Twigs slender, round, green glabrous, armed with straight, slender, blackish prickles
  • Lower stem densely bristled
  • Winter buds 3-sided, pointed, divergent, 1 exposed scale

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