Common name: Sweet Sarsaparilla
Smilax glyciphylla Sm. APNI*
Description: Dioecious climber; stems to c. 5 m long, not prickly.
Leaves with lamina ± lanceolate, mostly 4–10 cm long, 1.5–4 cm wide, apex ± acute; lamina discolorous with lower surface glaucous, glabrous, 3-veined; petiole 5–10 mm long, twisted; stipular tendrils coiling up to 8 cm long.
Inflorescence axillary, simple or compound umbels; pedicels 5–12 mm long. Tepals c. 3 mm long, creamish.
Berry globose, 5–8 mm diam., shiny black; seed 1.
Flowering: late spring to summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in rainforest, sclerophyll forest and woodland; chiefly in coastal districts, north from Termeil.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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