Plant ID forum: Another small "native"?

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pdermer1x
Apr 19, 2018 11:32 AM CST
Here's another that I got at the same time as "small ground cover". It's planted in the sun. Comes up faithfully every year but doesn't seem to multiply much. If I remember correctly, I just mostly see leaves year round and the flowers remain inconspicuous. Again, thanks!
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pdermer1x
May 11, 2018 7:36 PM CST
Here are later pictures of this plant. Can anyone help? Growing in E. TN
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You can see the flower hidden in the middle of this close-up shot


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pdermer1x
May 15, 2018 2:48 PM CST
I asked someone from TN Native plant society. Here's his rather complete answer. Does anyone agree / disagree? I'm thinking he's nailed it otherwise.

"Did a little more study on your plant and I am pretty convinced it is Smilax eccirhata. I believe all of your plants are females based on the flower in the middle photo and some that were opened in the third shot. That means they are probably all clones of the same plant that has just made a clump by vegetative propagation. This would explain why you only see one flower cluster because I believe female plants only have one cluster (or maybe two at most) and the males have more clusters and there are 5-pointed "stars" of stamens vs. the 3-pointed "stars" formed by the stigmas of the females. And if you don't have any male plants, you wouldn't get pollination and therefore never see fruit. Also, these thornless herbaceous Smilaxes have thinner, "rougher" looking leaves as compared to say catbrier, especially when they are first coming up. In any event, you've got a nice clump of very attractive plants!"
Name: Kyle
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quercusnut
May 15, 2018 3:28 PM CST
I like 'em. Thumbs up
Name: Janine
NE Connecticut (Zone 6a)
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janinilulu
May 15, 2018 5:54 PM CST
I never would have guessed it was Smilax....
Name: Kyle
Middle TN (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Plant and/or Seed Trader Cat Lover Dog Lover Roses Ferns
Hostas Foliage Fan Bromeliad Heucheras Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
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quercusnut
May 15, 2018 6:13 PM CST
Me either.

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