Black Bryony - Dioscorea communis

Alternative names
Dioscorea communis

Twining hairless plant to 4 metres. Leaves stalked, heart shaped and bright shiny green. Flowers greenish yellow tiny 3 to 6 mm the female in small clusters the male in long slender racemes. Fruit a bright shiny red fleshy poisonous berry.

Identification difficulty

Wood, scrub and hedgerows.

When to see it

May to August. The berries often persist into early winter.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 507 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map