The plant family Smilacaceae was named and described as such by Étienne Pierre Ventenat in the second volume of Tableau du Règne Végétal in 1799.
Smilax is the only genus in the plant family Smilacaceae. Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 262 species in the genus as of 12-17-21 when I last updated this page.
The only species I have found on my farm is Smilax tamnoides. You can click on the name to go to its own page with A LOT of photos. I found a single Smilax ecirrhata (Upright Carrion Flower) on a friend’s farm in 2020 but I wasn’t able to find it again later…
I am not going to write a lengthy discussion about this family. There is a lot of information online written by people more knowledgeable than me. This page is mainly an introduction to the species pages.