Smilax pumila

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Smilax pumila
Smilax pumila PHFP A 2015-05-18 KMR.jpg
Photo taken by Kevin Robertson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Order: Liliales
Family: Smilacaceae
Genus: Smilax
Species: S. pumila
Binomial name
Smilax pumila
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Natural range of Smilax pumila from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: Sarsparilla vine, Dwarf smilax

Taxonomic notes


A description of Smilax pumila is provided in The Flora of North America.




In the Coastal Plain in Florida and Georgia, S. pumila can be found along slopes, steep banks near rivers, Ilex woods, and in shaded forested floodplains. [1] Soil types include loamy sand and loamy soil. [1]


It has been observed blooming and flowering in November. [1]

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: C. Anderson, Rodie White, Robert K. Godfrey, R. Komarek, Annie Schmidt. States and Counties: Florida: Gadsden, Leon, Liberty. Georgia: Grady. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.