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Aug 20, 2021 4:22 PM CST
Name: Rainbow
Indiana
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It's growing wild at the edge of the woods behind my house. Google image search identifies it as a smilax, but all the pictures I can find of those have dark blue almost black berries and mine has dark green. Are they just not ripened or is this a different plant entirely? Thanks in advance!
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Aug 20, 2021 5:21 PM CST
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Those leaves and berries do resemble Smilax whose berries are usually green before maturing to purple and black. Here's a photo from our database for leaf comparison:

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Aug 20, 2021 5:48 PM CST

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Yes, it's a smilax. The berries are just unripe, as you suspected.
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Aug 20, 2021 6:25 PM CST
Name: Rainbow
Indiana
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Thank you so much for confirming! I'm new to wild plant life, but have recently taken a strong interest in being able to identify them and knowing what benefits they may have to offer (:
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