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Smilax pumila Walter. clade: B4. Sarsaparilla-vine, Dwarf Smilax. Phen: Oct-Nov; Jan-Apr (and persisting). Hab: Mesic to dryish hammocks and bluffs, sandy forests along streams, northward primarily in maritime-influenced mainland forests. Dist: Ne. SC (within a few hundred meters of Brunswick County, NC) to c. peninsular FL and west to TX. It occurs on Colkins Neck, along the NC-SC border, in maritime-influenced forests with southern affinities, now largely destroyed by golf-course development.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Other Comments: This unusual Smilax is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental ground-cover.

Synonymy: = Ar, ETx1, FNA26, K1, K3, K4, RAB, S, S13, Tx, WH3, Bullard & Allen (2013), Coker (1944), Judd (1998)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: UPL
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: UPL
  • Great Plains: FAC

Heliophily: 4

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: smilax pumila, yuchi wildlife management area, burke county, georgia 2 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Smilax pumila, Highway 135, Montgomery County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
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