Black Bryony (Tamus communis)

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Black Bryony

The berries of black bryony can be confused with those of white bryony, but both are poisonous. Black bryony berries are densely packed along its stems, and any remaining leaves are heart-shaped. The stems lack tendrils, and it climbs by twining clockwise around anything which will support it. It is found mostly in hedges and the fringes of woodland. The photo shows the berries supported on a holly.