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Connecticut Plants
Smooth Carrion Flower
Smilax herbacea L.

The flowers smell like carrion, which attracts flies, the major pollinator. Plants are either male or female; female plants produce blue-black berries.

  • Family: greenbrier (Smilacaceae)
  • Habitat: moist woods, thickets
  • Height: vine, 3-10 feet long
  • Flower size: 1/2 inch across
  • Flower color: green
  • Flowering time: May to June
  • Origin: native
Smilax herbacea L.

Staminate (male) flowers.

Smilax herbacea L.

A vine with staminate (male) flowers, photographed in Warren County, New York in early June.

Smilax herbacea L.

Pistillate (female) flowers, photographed in Warren County, New York in early June.

Smilax herbacea L.

Pistillate (female) flowers.

Smilax herbacea L.