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Black Bryony

Black bryony is out only native relative of the yam family; white bryony is a similar plant but belongs to a totally different family of plants.

Black bryony because the leaves are a very dark, glossy green which can look almost black in poor, shaded light. Once the leaves are seen then there should be no mistaking this plant and the leaves are far more striking than the small, rather insignificant green flowers. In autumn though these flowers turn in to strings of bright red berries.

Here is an interesting note I discovered in a book somewhere. Black bryony entwines clockwise whereas white bryony entwines anti-clockwise. Not a lot of people know that!


Common Name Black Bryony
Scientific Name Tamus communis
Species Group Climbers
Interest Level
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Yam family - Dioscoreaceae
Status Occasional
Flower Colour Group Green
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
Preferred Environment
Look for Dark green heart shaped leaves and red berries
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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