Key to Nine Common Smilax Species of Florida
Front and back of a Smilax glauca leaf.
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Proenza, Lynn, and Michael Andreu. 2013. “Key to Nine Common Smilax Species of Florida: FOR307/FR375, 1/2013”. EDIS 2013 (4). Gainesville, FL.


Identifying species found in Smilax the genus can be difficult because species resemble one another closely. One must be careful to use detailed descriptions in order to correctly identify a specimen. Smilax species are important because they can provide shelter and food for wildlife and have provided humans with medicine, food, and dyes. Twelve Smilax species are found in Florida. This 8-page fact sheet covers the nine more common species that one may encounter in the state. Written by Lynn Proenza and Michael Andreu and published by the UF Department of School of Forest Resources and Conservation, January 2013.
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