Flora of the Southeastern United States
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SMILACACEAE

Smilax pumila Walter. 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

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

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image of plant© Richard & Teresa Ware
image of plant© Richard & Teresa Ware
image of plant© Richard & Teresa Ware