Smilax aspera, Mediterranean Smilax,
Common Smilax, Rough Bindweed, Prickly ivy,
Hebrew: קיסוסית קוצנית, Arabic: فشاغ الخشن

Scientific name:  Smilax asperan L.
Common name:  Mediterranean Smilax, Common Smilax, Rough Smilax, Prickly ivy
Hebrew name:  קיסוסית קוצנית
Arabic name:  فشاغ الخشن
Family:  Liliaceae, שושניים

Israel native Plants
Life form:  Phanerophyte, shrub
Leaves:  Alternate, entire
Flowers:  Cream, white
Flowering Period:   January, October, November, December
Habitat:   Mediterranean maquis and forest
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:   Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Smilax aspera, Mediterranean Smilax, Common Smilax, Rough Bindweed, Prickly ivy, קיסוסית קוצנית


Derivation of the botanical name:
Smilax, Greek for clasping.
aspera, rough.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.