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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Smilax bona-nox L.
Saw greenbrier

Smilax bona-nox
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Family: Smilacaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern and central United States and Mexico.


Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Cultivated Only

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks and in the lower Keys.  Doubtfully present as a native species, but sometimes persistent on the bases of imported Sabal palmetto.

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Smilax bona-nox
Copyright by: George D. Gann