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Help me figure out what plant this is? Potato-like tubers >>

Hi, me and my dad were working outside and found these guys. Their size varies greatly and their leaves are greasy texture their stem seems like a vine of some sorts. No odor and isnt brittle enough to rip parts of it off. Any ideas of what it is is greatly appriciated.
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Re: Can you help me figure out what this is?

I am going to call it a weed. Jerk it out and toss it in the garbage can!
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Re: Can you help me figure out what this is?

Where are you located? This is very intriguing!

If North American origin, maybe one of the members !potatoes! would know ... :-()
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Re: Can you help me figure out what this is?

Yes i am in texas. I was thinking a sort of potato!

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Re: Help me figure out what plant this is? Potato-like tuber

i think it's probably some species of Smilax. some have weird-shaped tubers like that. are the leaves real shiny on top?

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Re: Help me figure out what plant this is? Potato-like tuber

You don’t want Smilax in your yard.
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Re: Help me figure out what plant this is? Potato-like tuber

Smilax/greenbriar that invade my garden from the wooded lot behind the back fence has wicked thorns. They use the thorns to hook on/cling and climb up the undergrowth shrubs, reach up to low hanging tree branches and then climb on up to overhead branches :shock:

Some of them are impossible -- and dangerous -- to deal with since there are no safe portion of the thorny vines to grab hold of, and -- more than once -- I've attempted to cut them then yank them down and got hit by the falling/whipping thorny vine. (It always made me think these would be good material for medieval torture :twisted: )

But now I'm intrigued -- next time there's one in an area that I can dig up, I'm going to see if there is a tuber. Apparently, they grow berries that birds like to eat, so there are occasional volunteers that grow under their favorite roosting trees and areas in the garden.

Young greenbriar shoots are supposed to be tasty wild forage. When I tried to gather some, they have always been swarming with ants -- I think they must be sweet?
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Re: Help me figure out what plant this is? Potato-like tuber

they're not particularly sweet, but they are very attractive to aphids. I'm a pretty big fan of the shoots - enough so that i keep cutting back some bigger old plants in the near edge of the woods to pick shoots from in the spring.

some species of smilax don't have that many thorns.



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