Jan. 26, 2022

laurel greenbrier, Smilax laurifolia

Laurel greenbrier can have thorny stems up to five meters long. Those often forms dense patches that are impenetrable for humans. Could these be Brer Rabbit's patch? Wiki says they provide cover for many animals, including bobcat, gators, and rattlesnakes. Poor Brer Rabbit, no escape! Indians used the rootbark for medicine, most often for skin treatments. The whole root was ground into flour for bread, or used to make a jello-like concoction. Laurel greenbrier grows in damp areas in AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, MS, NJ, OK, SC, TN, TX, and VA. Miami-Dade CO FL, 3/21/16. Greenbrier family, Smilacaceae.