Smilax discotis Warb.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Smilax discotis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/smilax/smilax-discotis/). Accessed 2020-01-21.

Genus

Glossary

apex
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
glaucous
Grey-blue often from superficial layer of wax (bloom).
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
umbel
Inflorescence in which pedicels all arise from same point on peduncle. May be flat-topped (as in e.g. Umbelliferae) to spherical (as in e.g. Araliaceae). umbellate In form of umbel.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Smilax discotis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/smilax/smilax-discotis/). Accessed 2020-01-21.

A deciduous climber growing 10 to 16 ft high; young shoots grooved or angled; stems armed with decurved spines 16 in. long. Leaves ovate or narrowly oval, mostly heart-shaped at the base and pointed at the apex, 112 to 312 in. long, 34 to 134 in. wide, glaucous beneath, three- or five-nerved; stalk 112 to 15 in. long. Flowers greenish yellow, in an umbel terminating a very slender main flower-stalk up to 112 in. long; each flower on a stalk 14 to 13 in. long. Fruits blue-black, 14 in. or rather more wide.

Native of Central and Western China; introduced by Wilson about 1908. It is distinct on account of the comparatively large, semi-circular stipules up to 15 in. long, combined with the black fruit, the heart-shaped base of the leaves and their glaucous under-surface.


var. concolor Norton

Leaves green on both sides and, at least in the type-specimens, larger and with longer petioles. Introduced by Wilson in 1907.

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