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Smilax L.

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Smilax aspera at Sète (France)
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For a history of sarsaparillas, see the page Salsepareille (fr).




Species important against syphilis

'True' sarsaparillas came from the Americas. They are :

China root, Smilax china, imported from China, has to be added.

Their classification and nomenclature remain confuse, as sarsaparillas were designated in trade by their geographical origins, and they were gathered in the wild. As they no longer have any importance in international trade and pharmacopaeas, there is quite no recent synthesis.

Species eaten for their starchy rhizome

Some species are eaten for their starchy rhizomes:

List of all species on Pl@ntUse