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

Mozambique: 17 taxa.

Dioscorea sylvatica

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
asteriscus BurkillZ,T,MSDescription, Image
buchananii Benth. subsp. buchananii N,Z,T,MS,GIDescription, Image
bulbifera (L.) L.T,MSDescription, Image
cochleari-apiculata De Wild.N,Z,T,MS
cotinifolia KunthM
dregeana (Kunth) T. Durand & SchinzM
dumetorum (Kunth) PaxN,Z,MSDescription, Image
hirtiflora Benth. subsp. orientalis Milne-Redh.N,MSDescription
hirtiflora Benth. subsp. pedicellata Milne-Redh.N,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
minutiflora Engl.MS
praehensilis Benth.N,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
preussii Pax subsp. hylophila (Harms) WilkinN
preussii Pax subsp. preussii N
quartiniana Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
sansibarensis PaxN,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
schimperiana KunthN,T,MSDescription, Image
sylvatica Eckl.MS,MDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Dioscorea:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dioscorea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Dioscorea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Dioscorea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Dioscorea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Dioscorea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dioscorea
JSTOR Plant Science: Dioscorea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dioscorea
Plants of the World Online: Dioscorea
Tropicos: Dioscorea
Wikipedia: Dioscorea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Dioscorea.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=375, retrieved 25 September 2023

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