Etymology: Smilax: Greek for "clasping"
Plants: erect, perennial, up to 3' tall forb, no prickles
Leaves: more than 10 evenly distributed along the stem, many with tendrils, parallel veins; narrowly oval rounding to a short point and a rounded to truncated base; stalks equal to or longer than the blade
Flowers: green to yellowish, 6-parted; inflorescence with 10-50 flowers in the 3-10 ball-like, long stalked umbels usually held below the leaves
Conservation Status: Native