Smilax australis (SMILACACEAE) Austral Sarsparilla

Plants to Plant

Wiry climber with prickles. Also called Barbwire Vine and Native Sarsparilla. This climber has prickly stems, ovate green leaves to 100 mm long with 3 prominent veins, and white or pink-scented flowers. New growth is pinkish. Red or black fruit is only borne on female plants.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Tendrils and Stem

The vine is very stout with strong prickles and can inflict a nasty scrape.
Photo: Robert Whyte