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California Greenbrier (Smilax californica)


Smilax californica, the California greenbriar, is a common woody vine native to northern California and southwestern Oregon in the western United States.The leaves are dull green, petioled, alternate, and circular to heart-shaped. They are generally 5-10 cm long. The stems are round, green and have sharp spines.The plant is native to coniferous streambanks below 5000 feet.

Taxonomic tree

  • Domain: Eukarya

    • Kingdom: Plantae

      • Phylum: Magnoliophyta

        • Class: Liliopsida

          • Order: Liliales

            • Family: Smilacaceae

              • Genus: Smilax