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Perennial herb; caudex generally large, tuber-like. Stem: climbing or trailing, woody below or not, often prickly ± throughout. Leaf: alternate, deciduous or persistent; base rounded to sagittate; petiole tendrils generally 2. Inflorescence: umbels or clusters, axillary. Flower: perianth parts white to ± green or ± yellow; ovary chambers generally 3, stigmas spreading. Fruit: black, purple, blue, or red (white). Seed: 1–6, black.
± 350 species: especially tropics, also temperate North America, eastern Asia. (Greek: origin uncertain) [Cameron & Fu 2006 Aliso 22:598–605]
Unabridged references: [Cameron, K. M. & C. Fu. 2006. A nuclear rDNA phylogeny of Smilax (Smilacaceae). Aliso 22:598–605]

Key to Smilax

1. Stem not shiny, generally armed with needle-like prickles; staminate flowers 5–6 mm; pistillate flowers 3–3.5 mm ..... S. californica

1' Stem smooth, shiny, unarmed; staminate and pistillate flowers ± 2.5 mm ..... S. jamesii


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