Smilax laurifolia

Family (Traditional)Smilacaceae
SpeciesSmilax laurifolia L.
Common NameLaurel Greenbrier
Growth Habitvine - liana
Plant NotesLeaf Persistance: Evergreen; Habit: vine - liana; Woody/Herbaceous: woody; Terrestrial/Aquatic: Terrestrial;
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate; Simple/Compound: Simple; Leaf Complexity: 0; Leaf Type: Broadleaf; Leaf Veination: Palmate;Parallel; Petiole Type: Petiolate; Leaf/Leaflet Shapes: Broadly Oblong;Elliptic;Lanceolate;Linear;Narrowly Elliptic;Narrowly Oblong;Oblong;Ovate; Leaf/Leaflet Apex Shape: Acute;Apiculate;Obtuse;Rounded; Leaf/Leaflet Base Shape: Acute;Obtuse; Leaf/Leaflet Margins: Entire; Stipules: Stipulate Tendrils;
Inflorescence Position: Axillary; InflorescenceTypes: Simple Umbel; Flower Sexuality: Dioecious; Hypanthium: No; Perianth Absent: No; Flower Color: Greenish; Petal Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Sepal Number: 3; Tepal Number: 6; Stamen Number: Equal to perianth; Anther Type: Basifixed; Ovary Position: Hypogynous; CarpelType: Syncarpous; Placentation Types: Axile; Fruit Complexity: Simple; Flower Color2: Green; Fruit Color: Black ;
*Average C-Value: 6.2
C value 8
StatusNative; AGCP (FACW), EMP (OBL) (NWPL); TN[S1] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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** Not applicable or data not available.

Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


No synonyms exist for this species.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Polk (TN), Shelby (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: TENN, UCHT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: -

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
TENN-V-0070539 Polk Tennessee
Smilax laurifolia
TENN-V-0070540 Polk Tennessee
Smilax laurifolia
TENN-V-0070541 Polk Tennessee
Smilax laurifolia
TENN-V-0071018 Polk Tennessee
Smilax laurifolia
TENN-V-0070542 Polk Tennessee
Smilax laurifolia
UCHT007317 Polk Tennessee
Smilax laurifolia
UCHT007316 Polk Tennessee
Smilax laurifolia
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Smilax laurifolia - Dwayne Estes
Smilax laurifolia - Dwayne Estes