Sp. Pl.2: 1033. 1753
Phenology: Flowering late summer–early fall.
Habitat: Near ponds, marshes, drainage canals, disturbed woods and thickets, waste areas
Elevation: 0 m
Dioscorea bulbifera is the most widely distributed of all Dioscorea species. It is found throughout the tropics and is thought to be native to both Africa and Asia. The tubers are either small and bitter or do not form at all. The bulbils are eaten, although this species is not widely consumed outside of Oceania. It is weedy in Florida and probably elsewhere in the Gulf States, but I have not seen any specimens to document its range outside Florida. Plants in the flora area rarely flower, and those that do are usually pistillate; I observed no staminate flowers.
|Author||Lauren Raz +|
|Common name||Aerial yam + and potato yam +|
|Elevation||0 m +|
|Habitat||Near ponds, marshes, drainage canals, disturbed woods and thickets, waste areas +|
|Illustrator||John Myers +|
|Phenology||Flowering late summer–early fall. +|
|Taxon name||Dioscorea bulbifera +|
|Taxon parent||Dioscorea +|
|Taxon rank||species +|
|Volume||Volume 26 +|