Trying to ID thorny vine

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Thu Jun 6 17:32:42 EST 2002


Monique,

Just in case you didn't get my e-mail, thanks for your help in identifying
this vine.


Regards, Andre


"Monique Reed" <monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu> wrote in message
news:3CFB7AB1.9823623D at mail.bio.tamu.edu...
> You have a species of _Smilax_, commonly called Greenbriar or
> Catbriar.  Despite the broad leaves, it's a monocot. The vines are the
> botanical equivalent of barbed wire. These things often grow from
> large underground tubers.  If you can get those up, you will have much
> less trouble controlling it.  Keep hacking at it, and paint the
> severed stems with Roundup.
>
> The very young shoot tips of _Smilax_ are often edilbe and tasty.
> Gives you a way to get back at the darned stuff!
>
> M. Reed
>
> at wrote:
> >
> > Hi All,
> >
> > We have a thorny vine growing along our border (fence) that has proven
to be
> > very persistent over the years. It wraps itself around our lilac bushes
and
> > has a very strong root system (somewhat like a rhizome [horizontal
runners]-
> > where it networks and reproduces itself underground). I removed most of
> > these vines (what I informally call "the vine from hell") yesterday and
have
> > included two jpegs for help in identifying this vine. Normally this
plant is
> > vertical but since these were extracted yesterday, these are the
postmortem
> > pics. The leaves are waxy and the stalks are strong. The roots are
strong
> > and well developed. As opposed to previous years, I tried to be more
> > thorough and remove these large root masses. I had to use a large shovel
and
> > a digging bar to do this!
> >
> > The locale involved is Virginia.
> >
> > Thanks in advance for any help or attempts to identify this vine.
> >
> > Regards, Andre
> >
> >  [Image]
> >
> >  [Image]





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