P1010475

 

Smilax auriculata Walter

Shrub/vine, perennial

Native: L48

Blooming: April, May, white

Fruit eaten by bluebirds, catbirds, cedar waxwings, crows, mockingbirds, robins, thrashers, thrushes, wild turkeys, woodpeckers.   Fruit eaten by small mammals.  Foliage browsed by white-tailed deer.  Provides good cover and nesting sites for wildlife.

The Seminoles used a complex infusion of buds and leaves for chronic conditions.

Location: N30 00.126′ WO84 32.381′ (near landing, camp sites)

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