1252.000 Dioscorea L. - 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

Zimbabwe: 12 taxa.

Dioscorea quartiniana

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
asteriscus BurkillN,W,E
buchananii Benth.N,C,E,S
bulbifera (L.) L.N,E
cochleari-apiculata De Wild.N,W
dumetorum (Kunth) PaxN,C,E,SDescription, Image
hirtiflora Benth. subsp. pedicellata Milne-Redh.N,W,C,E,S
praehensilis Benth.EDescription, Image
quartiniana Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
sansibarensis PaxNDescription, Image
schimperiana KunthN,C,E,SDescription, Image
sylvatica Eckl.N,W,EDescription, Image
sylvatica Eckl. var. brevipes (Burtt Davy) BurkillN,W,C

Other sources of information about Dioscorea:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Dioscorea
Flora of Caprivi: Dioscorea
Flora of Malawi: Dioscorea
Flora of Mozambique: Dioscorea
Flora of Zambia: Dioscorea
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Dioscorea

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Dioscorea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Dioscorea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Dioscorea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dioscorea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dioscorea
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Dioscorea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Dioscorea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=375, retrieved 26 May 2016

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