Aug. 14, 2020

saw greenbrier, Smilax bona-nox

These are the pistillate flowers of saw greenbrier. In the upper right you can see the reason for 'saw' and 'brier'. I always pictured greenbrier as the patch Brer Rabbit yearned for. The very tough thorny stems make thickets of this vine impossible to get through. Indians used powdered root as food, or as a treatment for urinary infections. Depending on the need of the moment? A decoction of the stems was taken as a tonic. And the leaves became cigarette wrappers. Saw greenbrier grows in AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, and VA. It also visits Bermuda. Miami-Dade Co FL, 3/21/16. Greenbrier family, Smilacaceae.