Tiniest Blossoms

IMG_1094The sight of these lovely little blossoms makes me sorry that I so often avoid this forest plant, greenbrier. Yes, its thorns demand our respect, but aren’t the blossoms lovely. Greenbrier, Smilax, is dioecious, meaning that, like American holly, flowers and either male or female, and flowers of different sexes are borne on separate plants. Smilax berries make good eating for wildlife, and the thorny plants, sometimes creating impenetrable barriers, are great hiding places for them. This time of year, the tender new tips of the vines make a tasty trailside treat for hikers — a little tart, but very nice. Something like asparagus.


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