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Phaseolus smilacifolius Pollard. Section: Paniculati. Subsection: Volubili. Smilax Bean. Phen: Aug-Sep. Hab: Hammocks. Dist: Ne. FL south to nc. peninsular FL.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: This taxon needs additional study; it is sometimes regarded as a hybrid of P. polystachios × P. sinuatus. Abbott & Judd (2000) regarded the 100% germination rate of its seeds as evidence supporting specific status. Debouck (2021) and Delgado (2023e) accepted it at species rank.

Synonymy: = FNA11.1, S, S13, Debouck (2021); = Phaseolus ×smilacifolius Pollard (pro sp.) – WH3; = Phaseolus polystachyus (L.) Britton, Sterns, & Poggenb. ssp. smilacifolius (Pollard) Freytag – K4, Freytag & Debouck (2002)

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Heliophily: 7

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