Black Bryony - Dioscorea communis

    Alt Name
    Dioscorea communis
    Description

    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
    Habitat

    Wood, scrub and hedgerows.

    When to see it

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

    Life History

    Perennial.

    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

    UK Map