Smilax pulverulenta


Fl. Bor.-Amer. 2: 238. 1803.

Synonyms: Smilax herbacea var. pulverulenta (Michaux) A. Gray
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 476. Mentioned on page 470.

Herbs. Stems annual, climbing, branching, to 2.5 m, herbaceous, glabrous; prickles absent. Leaves evenly distributed; petiole ± equaling blade; tendrils numerous, long, functional; blade lustrous, dark green abaxially, narrowly to broadly ovate, 8–16 × 3.5–9 cm, often with minute, whitish pubescence abaxially mostly on veins, with transparent trichomes, base cordate, margins entire, convex, apex long-acuminate; leaves on branches with oblong, smaller blade. Umbels numerous, axillary to leaves, 10–35-flowered, globose; peduncle equaling or shorter than subtending leaf. Flowers: perianth greenish; tepals 3.5–5 mm; anthers shorter than filaments, ovules (1–)2 per locule; pedicel 0.5–2.2 cm. Berries black, subglobose, 8–10 mm, not glaucous. 2n = 26.

Phenology: Flowering Apr–Jun.
Habitat: Rich woods, thickets, usually in calcareous soils
Elevation: 0–900 m


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Ark., Del., D.C., Ill., Ind., Ky., Md., Minn., Mo., Nebr., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Pa., Tenn., Va., W.Va.


The distribution of Smilax pulverulenta is disjunct. The eastern distribution is centered in the mid-Atlantic United States, while the western distribution is centered in the Ozark Plateau of Missouri.

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Lower Taxa

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0–900 m +
Rich woods, thickets, usually in calcareous soils +
Flowering Apr–Jun. +
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