Smilax pulverulenta downy carrion-flower Smilacaceae SMPU; Bx, pb (DK), vc; R, c, gb, h, w;

Smilax pulverulenta..©Gary P. Virginia Botanical Associates

Smilax pulverulenta.© Gary P. Fleming.2014.Virginia Botanical Associates. (Accessed 5/2014).

Smilax pulverulenta is a perennial monocotyledon, herbaceous vine, unarmed, climbing by tendrils. 

Leaves alternate, green, shiny below, leaf stalks 3-9 cm, blade broadly egg-shaped to rounded, tip pointed, base lobed to rounded, margins convex, entire; major veins parallel, palmate. . 

Flowers yellow-green, radially symmetrical, petals 6, 0.4-0.6 cm long; inflorescence of umbrella-shaped clusters of 10-35 flowers, males and females on separate plants (dioecious) April-May. 

Fruit fleshy, black without a waxy bloom. 

Wetland status: FACU. 

Smilax pulverulenta fruit.Dan (Accessed 3/2017).

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. Listed as rare, (G4G5; NYS S1, E).

 Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Moist woodlands. 

NotesS. pulverulenta is sometimes classified as a variety of S. herbacea (Gleason and Cronquist 1991).