Sep. 25, 2018

Blue Ridge carrion-flower

Here's an up close view of a staminate head of Blue Ridge carrion-flowers.  Not to be confused with smooth carrion-flowers.  Actually, in the past this species has been included in Smilax herbacea, the smooth carrion-flower.  Under that name, you can discover that these frequently provided medicine for Indians and herbalists.  Its roots were occasionally eaten.  It would have been a shame to miss such a useful plant.  Even if it does stink?