Bryonia dioica, commonly known as White Bryony and Black Bryony, also ladies’ seal or English mandrake, is a perennial climber from Southern and Central Europe.

Bryony Flowers

Bryony (genus Bryonia) is a genus of around 12 species[1] of climbing plants. Black Bryony (Tamus communis) and White Bryony (Bryonia dioica) are strong climbing plants that can reach 3 meters (10 feet) or more in one season.

Bryony Flowers

White Bryony (Bryonia dioica) is a climber in the Cucurbitaceae (cucumber) family that develops multiple stems and forms greenish flowers in summer. The Black Bryony (Tamus communis) belongs to the Dioscoreaceae (yam) family and is a twisted climber.

Greenish Yellow Bryony Flowers

In early summer (May-July), inconspicuous spikes of tiny greenish-yellow star-shaped flowers are formed. To differentiate between the two, white Bryonia has 5-lobed leaves, larger tendrils, and flowers.

In contrast, black bryonia has cordate leaves, no tendrils, and tiny flowers.

Suggested Reading: Types of Spring Flowers

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Key References
  • [1]“Bryony / RHS Gardening”. Accessed November 20, 2021. Link.


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