Smilax walteri Pursh

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Smilax walteri' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/smilax/smilax-walteri/). Accessed 2022-05-28.

Genus

Glossary

glabrous
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
globose
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Smilax walteri' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/smilax/smilax-walteri/). Accessed 2022-05-28.

A deciduous climber, with angled stems, armed only near the base; branches squarish, unarmed. Leaves ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 2 to 412 in. long, 34 to 212 in. wide, broadly wedge-shaped to slightly heart-shaped at the base, ending in a short fine point, five- or seven-nerved, glabrous and green on both sides; stalk 14 to 12 in. long. Flowers greenish, in short and flat-stalked umbels. Berries bright coral-red, globose, 13 in. wide.

Native of the eastern United States from New Jersey southwards; introduced early in the 19th century; rarely seen now. It is akin to S. rotundifolia, but has narrower, proportionately longer leaves, and is not so vigorous a grower. Also in S. rotundifolia the fruits are black.