WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: EARLEAF GREENBRIER (Smilax auriculata)
Thorny vine with large edible potato-like tubers. fresh growth also edible by humans and enjoyed by rabbits. Deer and black bear also forage. berries provide food for birds and the thickets produced provide excellent cover for wildlife.
Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://naeb.brit.org/uses/search/?string=Smilax+auriculata