||Herbaceous (not woody) vine, climbing with tendrils over other plants.
Leaves broad, pointed, heart-shaped, with parallel veins, alternate on the vine. Male and female flowers are on different plants. Female flowers (below) in a
spherical cluster, greenish white, with six tepals, attractive, but
smell like carrion. Male flowers (not shown -- we need a picture) in a looser, more hemispherical cluster. Fruit a blue-black berry. Blooms in
mid-spring. Sunny, open areas, especially along trails.
members of the genus Smilax (greenbriers) in the park have
similar leaves, but are woody, perennial, thorny vines.