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Smilax Herbacea or

Smilax Herbacea or

Smilax Herbacea

Smilax herbacea is a plant native to South Africa that’s also found in other regions. It has yellowish-green leaves, growing up to 5 feet long, which turn brown once the leaves dry out - it's used for medicinal purposes to treat skin infections, boils, and ulcers.Smilax herbacea is a vine with alternate, simple leaves, on climbing stems. The flowers are green, borne in spring. The plant at first looks like asparagus when it first sprouts out of the ground. The plant can grow over 8 feet tall without support, but will eventually fall over unless it successfully finds external support.

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Vegetative Plant Description: S. herbacea is an herbaceous vine that climbs as high as 2.1m tall, is completely unarmed, and is often freely branched. The branches are either round or many ridged. It has bladeless bracts on the lower portions of the stem that are appressed-ascending. The leaves, which generally number 25 or more, are glaucous and glabrous beneath and they have entire margins. The petioles are 1-4.5 cm long. S. herbacea has a wide range of leaf forms including narrowly oblong-ovate to nearly round, acute or broadly obtuse, tapering, truncate, or cordate. At the apex, the leaf is acuminate to cuspidate or broadly rounded and the apices always have convex lateral margins. Smilax leaves lack an abscission layer, but the petiole goes through a slight disintegration and the leaf falls off, leaving a rough end on the stem (1,4,5,6,7,8,11). (Source: climbers.lsa.umich.edu)

 

 

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