Friday Focus on Fruit: Florida Native Plant GREENBRIER (Smilax sp.)
This smilax sp. has minimal prickles so is a little more gardener-friendly than some other members of the genus.
Key to 9 of Florida’s 12 smilax spp.: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fr375
Fruit eaten by black bear, birds and possibly others including deer. Important cover for many species.
Root tuber of some species can be dried and ground into flour.
Native American Ethnobotany: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Smilax
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Genus.aspx?id=1142