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Common Name(s): White Briony
Scientific Name: Bryonia alba
Bryonia alba, commonly known as White Briony, is a is a vigorous vine in the family Cucurbitaceae (squashes and melons) from Europe and Northern Iran. A herbaceous, perennial vine, white bryony is monoecious but diclinous (separate male and female flowers found on the same plant) with a tuberous yellow root. Greenish-white flowers are 1cm across. Long curling tendrils, flowers, and fruit all stem from axils of palmately lobed leaves. The fruit is a 1.5cm berry which blackens as it ripens. Common throughout the UK in hedgerows and uncultivated land.
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