White Bryony - Bryonia dioica

    Description

    Tall climbing or scrambling hairy plant to 4 metres, with coiled tendrils. Leaves palmately 5-lobed. Flowers greenish white with darker veins 10 to 18 mm. The female in small lateral clusters, the male on a separate plant in drooping racemes. Berries green at first, then yellow, orange and ripe when red (but not edible).

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Hedgerows, woodland margins and scrub on calcareous and base rich soils.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Fairly common in England but much less so in Scotland and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 203 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map