Can someone identify this plant?

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    @Meerkat Its a shame people hate it... It's a medicine, it does many of the same things ginseng does. It's much weaker though. I know a few people who use it in their flu remedies. Someone has the flu, gets run down, doesn't sleep well... the smilax provides a "gentle pick me up".

    In early spring the runners/buds are edible... yummy. I cut them up and fry them in butter like I would asparagus... ;) I sometimes eat them raw... many time I'll find the tops already bitten out, deer absolutely love the rich nutrition when there isn't much else growing.

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    Against my thumb is one of the growing buds I would break off for food. The root/tuber is used for medicine.

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    Edited to add a picture of the tuber... It's going to be about 2ft down, just hope you aren't digging in hard red clay... Also, if you are trying to kill it... cutting it off at ground level isn't going to work. As long as the root system and the tuber are intact it will continue to sprout. It can be killed but it will take about two years and a big pair of pruning shears, about 2ft long, for tree limbs. Every time you see it sprout, cut it off... eventually it will stop sprouting..

    A pic of the size bull briar gets around here...


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    Edited again to add for clarification... If you keep cutting it off a ground level every time it sprouts eventually it will use up all the food stored in the tuber. Once the food is gone the root system dies. It takes about 2 years, check it every 2 or 3 weeks.
     
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    The comments on the link are very informative. I've seen that plant, had no idea it was a weed. I like it but have fought it, never gave it much thought, except for the thorny stickers.
    It can take down a tree, it can be used a variety of ways for food. Deer eat it.
     
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    Yes I think that is the one. Only some here get alot bigger than that. Maybe because they are so old. Nobody lived here since the early 1950s. The place was a jungle when we bought it 21 years ago. Had about 2 acre's cleared and a trail around it.
    Some you can use a machette on but others take saw. We have cut down 1000s of them over the years.
    Maybe will try some of the edible parts later.
     
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    Patch it is the little thorns that get you the most. They are concentrated and grab at ya. At least the huge ones are further apart and easy to see.
     
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    In Oklahoma,they’re just called briars. The “potato” or bulb has to completely be dug out for the vine to not come back. They may even have little feelers that will eventually make new bulbs. We also have them everywhere. My hubby has worked for several years on them and it’s slowed them down. You have to stay on top of them or they’ll come back in different places. Nasty stuff!
     
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    Plus just the vine layering itself spreads them too.
     
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    Not a good pic but this tree is covered with 2 kinds of vines one with thorns and one without. The thickest one is thornless.

    Took these a few minutes ago.

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    Without thorns, maybe muscadines?

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    With thorns. As you can see there are lots of them right here together.

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