Smilax pseudochina
bamboo vine

Smilax pseudochina
Smilax pseudochina
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Botanical name: Smilax pseudochina
Common name: bamboo vine
Group: monocot
Family: Smilacaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: climbing vine
Flowering time: bloom late May to July; fruit late July to July
Habitat: low, moist, sandy soil of open woods and shaded edges; wet meadows and bogs
Range in New Jersey: local throughout the Coastal Plains except the coast strip, and north to Middlesex county
Heritage ranking, if any: SL, H3
Misc.: The only Smilax in New Jersey with no thorns. Hough says "Nomenclature confused; old records are unreliable because part of the S. pseudo-china as used in the old literature applies to what is now called S. hispida=S. tamnoides var. hispida" (354).