Dioscorea sylvatica Eckl.

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Dioscorea sylvatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maonza, Vumba

Dioscorea sylvatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maonza, Vumba

Dioscorea sylvatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maonza, Vumba

Dioscorea sylvatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
At the base of the hills, Valley of Kings, Mutare

Dioscorea sylvatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
At the base of the hills, Valley of Kings, Mutare

Dioscorea sylvatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
At the base of the hills, Valley of Kings, Mutare

Dioscorea sylvatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
At the base of the hills, Valley of Kings, Mutare

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Synonyms: Dioscorea montana (Burch.) Spreng var. lobata Weim.
Dioscorea montana (Burch.) Spreng var. sagittata Suess.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Slender left-twining herb with annual stems growing from a tuber. Leaves alternate, distinctly heart-shaped, often almost appearing 2-lobed at the base, tapering to a long point at the apex. Flowers in lax, pendulous racemes up to 12 cm long, unisexual, creamy white. Fruit a 4-winged capsule, up to 2.8 × 2 cm.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: sylvatica: sylvan, forest-loving
Habitat: In margins of forest and in bracken or ericoid scrub.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 23 October 2011
Literature:

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 82 - 83. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 514 - 515. (Includes a picture).

Wilkin, P. (2009). Dioscoreaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 136 - 137. (Includes a picture).


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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dioscorea sylvatica
Ispot Southern Africa : Dioscorea sylvatica
JSTOR Plant Science: Dioscorea sylvatica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dioscorea sylvatica
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Dioscorea sylvatica
Tropicos: Dioscorea sylvatica
West African Plants database: Dioscorea sylvatica


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: Species information: Dioscorea sylvatica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115460, retrieved 25 June 2016

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