Dioscorea hirtiflora Benth.
subsp. pedicellata Milne-Redh.

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Dioscorea hirtiflora subsp. pedicellata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Entrance Gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Dioscorea hirtiflora subsp. pedicellata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Entrance Gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Dioscorea hirtiflora subsp. pedicellata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Entrance Gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Dioscorea hirtiflora subsp. pedicellata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Entrance Gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Dioscorea hirtiflora subsp. pedicellata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Entrance Gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

Dioscorea hirtiflora subsp. pedicellata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Entrance Gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Dioscorea hirtiflora Benth. var. nyassica Burkill
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Climber, 3-5 m high with unarmed, right-twining annual stems, growing from fleshy cylindric tubers up to 5 cm in diameter. Vegetative parts and inflorescences with stellate hairs most dense on the inflorescences and young vegetative parts. Leaves usually opposite, heart-shaped, not lobed, hairy on the veins, cataphylls and nodal flanges absent. Inflorescences axillary of 1-several pendent spikes. Male flowers subsessile or pedicellate. Capsule 1-2 cm long and up to 3.7 cm wide.
Notes: A second taxon, subsp. orientalis Milne-Redh., has been recorded from Malawi and Mozambique but since in both countries intermediate forms also occur and female specimens can not be ascribed to subspecies we treat them both together.
Derivation of specific name: pedicellata pedicellate, referring to longer pedicels of the male flowers in this subspecies.
Habitat: In forest, riverine vegetation, open woodland, wooded grassland and on termite mounds.
Altitude range: Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Southern DRC, Uganda, western Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Caprivi-Namibia.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 10 January 2018
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. as Dioscorea hirtiflora subsp. hirtiflora

Milne-Redhead, E. (1975). Dioscoreaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 16 - 17.

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

Wilkin, P. (2009). Dioscoreaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 125 - 127. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: Dioscorea hirtiflora subsp. pedicellata
Flora of Malawi: Dioscorea hirtiflora subsp. pedicellata
Flora of Zambia: Dioscorea hirtiflora subsp. pedicellata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dioscorea hirtiflora subsp. pedicellata

External websites:

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Dioscorea hirtiflora subsp. pedicellata.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115410, retrieved 22 May 2018

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