Carrionflower - male and female plants
Smilax ecirrata /Greenbrier Family
The fairly inconspicuous green flowers of this plant will get your attention very quickly if you are down-wind of them! They live up to their name, smelling like a dead animal! Carrion Flower is a dioecious plant in the Greenbrier Family. This picture shows the male plant on the left with the stamens and the female flowers on the right with the pistils. I found these growing on a trail at Haw Ridge, one of the Greenways trails in Oak Ridge. Close-up pictures follow.
Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, Haw Ridge Greenways