Black-bryony. n.s. [tamnus, Lat.] The name of a plant.
It is male and female in different plants; the flowers of the male plant consist of one leaf, and are bell shaped; but these are barren; the embryos are produced on the female plants, which become oval berries, including roundish seeds. These plants have no clasper, as the white bryony hath. The species are, 1. The common black-bryony. 2. Black-bryony of Crete, with a trifid leaf, &c. The first is rarely cultivated in gardens, but grows wild under hedges, and is gathered for medicinal use. It may be easily propagated by sowing the seeds, soon after they are ripe, under the shelter of bushes; where, in the spring, the plants will come up, and spread their branches over the bushes. Millar.