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(family Smilacaceae)

A genus of slender, often spiny, woody climbers, which are net-veined monocotyledons, the leaves having a pair of basal, spiralling tendrils. The flowers are held in umbels, and are dioecious. Sarsaparilla is the dried roots of several of the American species. There are about 200 species, with a tropical and temperate distribution.

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