Smilax glauca Walter
CAT GREENBRIER
Catbrier; Whiteleaf Greenbrier
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Smilax glauca
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Smilax glauca

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Smilax glauca
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Smilax glauca
Smilax glauca
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Smilax glauca

Smilax glauca, Cat Greenbrier
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Smilax glauca, Cat Greenbrier
Smilax glauca, Cat Greenbrier
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Smilax glauca, Cat Greenbrier

Smilax glauca, whole tree or vine - general
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Smilax glauca, whole tree or vine - general
Smilax glauca, leaf - whole upper surface
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Smilax glauca, leaf - whole upper surface

Smilax glauca, leaf - whole upper surface
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Smilax glauca, leaf - whole upper surface
Smilax glauca, twig - orientation of petioles
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Smilax glauca, twig - orientation of petioles

Smilax glauca, bark - of a small tree or small branch
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Smilax glauca, bark - of a small tree or small branch
Smilax glauca, twig - orientation of petioles
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Smilax glauca, twig - orientation of petioles

Smilax glauca, leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
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Smilax glauca, leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
Smilax glauca, leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
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Smilax glauca, leaf - margin of upper + lower surface

Smilax glauca
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Smilax glauca
Smilax glauca, Cat Greenbrier
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Smilax glauca, Cat Greenbrier

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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Botryosphaeriaceae  Dothiorella smilacina @ 363221B (1); BPI (3); 363221A (1)
Dermateaceae  Marssonina obclavata @ BPI (1)
Mycosphaerellaceae  Cercospora confusa @ BPI (1)

Cercospora mississippiensis @ BPI (6)

Cercospora petersii @ BPI (5)

Cercospora smilacina @ 441307B (1); 441307A (1); BPI (12)

Cercospora smilacis @ BPI (9)
Pucciniaceae  Puccinia macrospora @ BPI (3)

Puccinia smilacis @ BPI (104)

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6. Smilax glauca Walter, Fl. Carol. 245. 1788.

Wild sarsaparilla, sawbrier

Smilax glauca var. leurophylla S. F. Blake; S. spinulosa Smith

Vines; rhizomes tuberous, or spinose, linear. Stems perennial, climbing, branching, green, often mottled, terete, to 5+ m, woody, glaucous, glabrous; prickles, when present, thin, 1—5 mm. Leaves deciduous to semi evergreen, ± evenly disposed; petiole 0.5—1.5 cm; blade green to glaucous-green, often mottled adaxially, silvery grayish abaxially, drying to brownish tan adaxially, broadly ovate, elliptic to reniform, with 3 (or 5) conspicuous veins, 4.5—11 × 2.5—6.6 cm, glabrous and glaucous abaxially, base truncate, subcordate, or attenuate, margins entire, apex rounded, tapering, or short-acuminate. Umbels few to many, axillary to leaves, 5—12+-flowered, open, umbellate to hemispherical; peduncle 2—5 cm. Flowers: perianth yellow to bronze; tepals 3—7 mm; anthers longer than filaments; ovule 1 per locule; pedicel 0.5—1 cm. Berries blue to black, subglobose, 8—10 mm, shiny black at maturity, glaucous. 2n = 28, 32.

Flowering May--Jul. Dry to wet woods, thickets, hedge- rows, roadsides; 0--800 m; Ala., Ark., Conn., Del., D.C., Fla., Ga., Ill., Ind., Ky., La., Md., Miss., Mo., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Okla., Pa., S.C., Tenn., Tex., Va., W.Va.

Smilax glauca is easily recognized by its glaucous to whitened abaxial leaf surfaces, which, however, may be altered by heat in drying. It is reportedly the most weedy species of the genus. The plants tend to be evergreen in the more southern part of the distribution.

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