Smilax setosa
[Sarsaparilla Vine]

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Close-up view:

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The young plant:

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In the past, I have named this vine as Smilax bracteata. This name was used in the article titled "The History and Biology of Kent Ridge Park" published in 2003 and pictures of the vine similar to mine was illustrated. Subsequently in 2009, the Checklist of the Total Vascular Plant Flora of Singapore listed the name Smilax setosa while Smilax bracteata was omitted in the checklist. More recent articles such as the one on the survey of the forested area in Clementi (page 282) and hostplant for the moth Erebus ephesperis (page 178) used the name Smilax setosa. Hence, I have decided to switch the name to Smilax setosa unless the two names refer to different plants.

Reference articles:

Tan, H.T.W., T. Morgany and K.-x. Tan. 2003. The History and Biology of Kent Ridge Park. 32pp. | Read article |

Chong, K. Y., H. T. W. Tan & R. T. Corlett, 2009. A Checklist of the Total Vascular Plant Flora of Singapore: Native, Naturalised and Cultivated Species. Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore. | Read article |

Neo, L., A. T. K. Yee, K. Y. Chong & H. T. W. Tan, 2012. The vascular plant flora of abandoned plantations in Singapore I: Clementi Forest. Nature in Singapore, 5: 275-283. | Read article |

Leong, T. M., 2011. The caterpillar and metamorphosis of Erebus ephesperis (Hubner, 1827) in Singapore (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Erebinae: Erebini). Nature in Singapore, 4: 177-191. | Read article |