Dioscorea schimperiana Kunth

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Dioscorea schimperiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Dioscorea schimperiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castleburn Forest, Vumba

Dioscorea schimperiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Dioscorea schimperiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Dioscorea schimperiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Dioscorea schimperiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Dioscorea schimperiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

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Synonyms: Dioscorea hockii De Wild.
Dioscorea stellato-pilosa De Wild.
Common names: Chinyamura (Manica)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Twining climber with annual, right-twining, unarmed stems, growing from a perennial fleshy tuber. Leaves usually opposite, 10-20 cm long, heart-shaped, covered in stellate hairs, more densely so below. Flowers in pendent, axillary spikes, unisexual. Bulbils often present, particularly at flowering time, axillary, c. 1 cm in diameter, globose to ovoid, tuberculate, dark brown. Fruit 4-winged capsule, up to 2.4 × 3.9 cm, papery when dry.
Notes: This species is among several, which produces fertile tubers along the stem.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Along forest margins, an Brachystegia woodland, among rocks and on riverbanks and termite mounds, often in more open or disturbed areas.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,T,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Literature:

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 90.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 79.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 97 - 98. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Dioscorea schimperiana
Flora of Zambia: Dioscorea schimperiana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dioscorea schimperiana

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dioscorea schimperiana
African Plant Database: Dioscorea schimperiana
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Dioscorea schimperiana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Dioscorea schimperiana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Dioscorea schimperiana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Dioscorea schimperiana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Dioscorea schimperiana
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Dioscorea schimperiana
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Dioscorea schimperiana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dioscorea schimperiana
Ispot Southern Africa: Dioscorea schimperiana
JSTOR Plant Science: Dioscorea schimperiana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dioscorea schimperiana
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Dioscorea schimperiana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dioscorea schimperiana
The Plant List (version 1.1): Dioscorea schimperiana
Tropicos: Dioscorea schimperiana


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Dioscorea schimperiana.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115450, retrieved 21 November 2017

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