Weedy vine

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Date Photo Taken: April 15, 2012
Location: Athens
Posted By: mary attaway


Glossy leaves, woody stem and root


  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Now, for positive identification of creeping cucumber you could wait until the fruit appears and ingest one. I understand it has a strong laxative effect. Let us know.

    April 18th, 2012 at 1:36 pm
  2. Mary Unregistered says:

    Thanks, Bobby. I’m familiar with that weed. This one is different. No pubescence, fruit is small berry that matures red. Perennial but deciduous. Green stems are smooth (no thorns) and sometimes get a black mold. The root is the problem- very difficult to pull, long (travels for 10′), fleshy/woody, brown, straight. Not smilax. Inconspicuous greenish white flowers (uncommon).

    April 18th, 2012 at 2:20 pm
  3. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    Is it this?

    April 18th, 2012 at 5:00 pm
  4. Mary Unregistered says:

    Linda chafin from sbg says this…
    Looks spot on! I’ve wondered for years. I know that without fruit and flower pics it’s difficult to tell. This matches my ovservations. Thanks!

    April 18th, 2012 at 5:20 pm
  5. Mary Unregistered says:

    Now that I know it’s native I’ll be more respectful of its weediness. 🙂

    April 18th, 2012 at 5:33 pm
  6. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    If Linda sez it, I believez it.

    see also http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/carolina-snailseed-identification/

    April 19th, 2012 at 9:08 am
  7. Bobby Unregistered says:

    What a teaching tool! Thanks to all at Waltersville who minister to the botanacilly challenged on a daily basis.

    April 19th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

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