- Yam family
Milne-Redhead, E. (1975)
Wilkin, P. (2009)
Dioscoreaceae FZ 12(2)
Description of the family
Twining herbs. Stems annual, often prickly below, arising from tubers or rhizomes, climbing over other vegetation. Flowers unisexual (in ours). Perianth segments in 2 series. Ovary inferior, rarely semi-inferior or superior, (1-)3-locular. Fruit a dehiscent, 3-winged or 3-angled capsule (in ours).
Worldwide: 8 genera and 880 species, tropical and warm areas with a few northern temperate.
Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 12 taxa.
More sample images from the Dioscoreaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)
Other sources of information about Dioscoreaceae:
Our websites:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated DioscoreaceaeFlora of Mozambique
: DioscoreaceaeFlora of Zambia
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for DioscoreaceaeGoogle
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Dioscoreaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=73, retrieved 7 March 2014