White Bryony - Bryonia dioica


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

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

When to see it

May to September.

Life History


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.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map