Smilax lasioneura (Carrionflower) - photos and description

Smilax lasioneura

Smilax lasioneura

Smilax lasioneura

Smilax lasioneura

Smilax lasioneura
Male flowers in above photo.


Female flowers in above photo.

 
Female flowers in above photo.

Smilax lasioneura

General: Climbing plant with tendrils, plants with stiff stems, stems glabrous.

Flowers: Small green flowers in globose umbels growing from leaf axils. Umbels measured to 3 cm in diameter. Flowers unisexual with flowers of different sexes growing on separate plants. Male flowers measured at 7 mm diameter, female flowers measured at 5 mm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves alternate with cordate bases, leaf highlighted in above photo was 6.5 cm wide and 8 cm long, not including petiole. Leaves strongly veined. Very short hairs on bottom of leaves.

Height: Budd's Flora lists the plant's stems as growing to 1.5 m long, we measured plants to 106 cm tall.

Habitat: Moist woodlands, and scrub, where they attach to and climb on nearby plants.

Abundance: Common, ranked as an S5 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

Synonym: Listed in some of the field guides we use as Smilax herbacea var. lasioneura, and, Smilax lasioneuron.

When and where photographed: These photos were taken June 4th, Fairy Hill, 30 km north of Regina, SK, and June 19th, in scrub along a railroad track, near Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, 400 km north-east of our home in Regina, SK.