Dioscorea dumetorum (Kunth) Pax

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Dioscorea dumetorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maonza, Vumba

Dioscorea dumetorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maonza, Vumba

Dioscorea dumetorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maonza, Vumba

Dioscorea dumetorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Dioscorea dumetorum

Photo: Petra Ballings
Gardiner, Arcturus

Dioscorea dumetorum

Photo: Mark Hyde
Plot by Lyndhurst Road, Harare

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Synonyms: Dioscorea triphylla L. var. dumetorum (Kunth) R. Knuth
Helmia dumetorum Kunth
Common names: Wild yam (English)
Status: Native
Robust climber with annual stems up to 10 m long, growing from a tuber. Tuber solitary and deeply lobed, spheroid or ovoid, or several.in a tight cluster. Stems left twining, velvety, with or without short prickles. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets large, up to 12 cm long, bright green and slightly hairy above, paler and densely velvety below; lateral leaflets distinctly asymmetric with long, abruptly acuminate tips. Flowers in branched inflorescences, unisexual. Male flowers green; female flowers white. Fruit c. 40 × 25 mm, slightly velvety, winged near the base.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In woodland, often persisting in cleared areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Senegal to Ethiopia and south to Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 22 January 2008

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Milne-Redhead, E. (1975). Dioscoreaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 21 - 22.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 113.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 59. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 96 - 97. (Includes a picture).

Wilkin, P. (2009). Dioscoreaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 123 - 125. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Dioscorea dumetorum
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Flora of Mozambique: Dioscorea dumetorum
Flora of Zambia: Dioscorea dumetorum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dioscorea dumetorum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dioscorea dumetorum
Plants of the World Online: Dioscorea dumetorum
Tropicos: Dioscorea dumetorum
Wikipedia: Dioscorea dumetorum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Dioscorea dumetorum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115400, retrieved 16 April 2024

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