In my house there's a strange plant that I see growing for years now. I believe it is a climbing plant. Do you know how is this plant named? Is it poisonous?

Location: Greece

Altitude: 800m. The whole plant

Plant's fruits

Plant's leaf

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Based on the fruits, leaves and tendrils, it looks quite like Bryonia dioica (which is toxic). It is almost certainly something from the same family (Cucurbitaceae, which often make such tendrils and usually have similar leaf shapes) and could even be the same genus, Bryonia, which is present in the Mediterranean region (there's even a cretica species). Based on images found on the internet, leaf shape seems variable (more or less indented).


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