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Smilax glauca Walter. clade: B5. Whiteleaf Greenbriar, Wild Sarsaparilla. Phen: Late Apr-early Jun; Sep-Nov (and persisting). Hab: Dry to mesic forests and woodlands, bottomland and riparian forests, bluffs, hardwood flatwoods, pine flatwoods, prairies, old fields, fencerows, pastures, roadsides; uncommon in wetlands. Dist: NJ, c. PA, OH, IN, MO, and KS, south to c. peninsular FL and TX, and also in e. and s. Mexico.

ID notes: A distinctive Smilax with pale (glaucous) lower leaf surface.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Ar, C, ETx1, FNA26, GW1, K3, K4, Meso6, Mo1, NcTx, NE, NY, Pa, RAB, S, Tn, Va, W, WH3, Bullard & Allen (2013), Coker (1944), Judd (1998); > Smilax glauca Walter var. glauca – F, G, Il, K1, Tx, WV; > Smilax glauca Walter var. leurophylla Blake – F, G, Il, K1, Tx, WV

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