This native vine commonly grows in sandills, flatwoods, hammocks, and thickets nearly throughout Florida (Wunderlin, 2003). Earleaf greenbrier blooms all year and usually occurs in non-wetlands (estimated probability 67%-99%), but occasionally is found in wetlands (estimated probability 1%-33%).
Earleaf greenbrier may be found growing year-round, from dry sandhills to wet hammocks. These pics were taken on a north Florida Atlantic beach.
It is one of about a dozen Smilax species found in the state. About two dozen Smilax species range over the eastern two-thirds of North America; this species, earleaf greenbrier, ranges only in the southeastern coastal states (Kartesz, 1999).