1252.000 Dioscorea - Yams
Description of the genus
Twining dioecious herbs, sometimes bearing aerial tubers. Leaves alternate or opposite, simple or compound (3-7-digitate). Male inflorescences of axillary spikes or racemes, sometimes a terminal panicle. Female inflorescences of axillary spikes. Ovary 3-locular. Fruit a 3-lobed capsule. Seeds sometimes winged.
Worldwide: c. 850 species in tropical and warm regions
|No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species
Other sources of information about Dioscorea:Flora of Zimbabwe
: native/naturalised Dioscorea pageePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center): DioscoreaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: DioscoreaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for DioscoreaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): DioscoreaKew Herbarium catalogue
: DioscoreaKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Dioscorea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=375, retrieved 25 May 2013