Compare with: white bryony

Black bryony Tamus communis

Best time to see: Jun to end Nov

Key facts

A twining climber with glossy heart-shaped leaves and bunches of shiny berries, green ripening to bright red

Common throughout England and Wales, scrambling up hedges and on the margins of woods

The only member of the yam family to grow in Britain; poisonous like its (unrelated) namesake, white bryony

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