Laurel-leaved Greenbrier Smilax laurifolia Linnaeus  

Status:

In Maryland, Laurel-leaved Greenbrier is an uncommon plant of swampy wetlands on the mid and lower Eastern Shore. Most Maryland populations are found along the Pocomoke and Nanticoke Rivers and their tributaries.

Description:

Unlike the abundant Common Greenbrier, Laurel-leaved Greenbrier has thick narrow leaves that are evergreen. Fruiting occurs in the fall resulting in blue berries that often persist into the winter. Young stems of Laurel-leaved Greenbrier often lack spines but the older vines do develop stout spines but they are sparse on the stem when compared to other greenbrier species.

Where to find:

Look for Laurel-leaved Greenbrier along the swampy edges of Nassawango Creek in Worcester County.

There are 40 records in the project database.

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Laurel-leaved Greenbrier found growing in Dorchester Co., Maryland (4/7/2012). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Laurel-leaved Greenbrier in Dorchester Co., Maryland (8/26/2013). Photo by Jim Wilkinson. (MBP list)

Laurel-leaved Greenbrier surrounded by Smooth Alder in Worcester Co., Maryland (1/19/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Laurel-leaved Greenbrier in Dorchester Co., Maryland (1/1/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Laurel-leaved Greenbrier with unripe fruit in inland Worcester Co., Maryland (1/19/2013). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Laurel-leaved Greenbrier growing in Worcester Co., Maryland (3/27/2016). Photo by Dan Small. (MBP list)

Fruiting Laurel-leaved Greenbrier in Wicomico Co., Maryland (8/27/2013). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Laurel-leaved Greenbrier in fruit in Wicomico Co., Maryland (12/30/2012). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Laurel-leaved Greenbrier in Worcester Co., Maryland (1/8/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Laurel-leaved Greenbrier in Dorchester Co., Maryland (1/8/2017). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)


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