Dioscorea sylvatica Eckl.

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Dioscorea sylvatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near summit of Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

Dioscorea sylvatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near summit of Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Dioscorea brevipes Burtt-Davy
Dioscorea marlothii R. Knuth
Dioscorea montana (Burch.) Spreng var. lobata Weim.
Dioscorea montana (Burch.) Spreng var. sagittata Suess.
Dioscorea montana (Burch.) Spreng var. glauca R. Knuth
Dioscorea rehmanni Baker
Dioscorea sylvatica (Kunth) Eckl. var. sylvatica
Dioscorea sylvatica (Kunth) Eckl. var. brevipes (Burtt Davy) Burkill
Testudinaria multiflora Marloth
Testudinaria paniculata Dummer
Testudinaria sylvatica Kunth
Common names:
Status: Native
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.
Derivation of specific name: sylvatica: sylvan, forest-loving
Habitat: In margins of forest and in bracken or ericoid scrub.
Altitude range: Up to 1850 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS,M
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Content last updated: Sunday 23 October 2011

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 21. As Dioscorea sylvatica sylvatica

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

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 D. sylvatica var. sylvatica and D. sylvatica var. brevipes

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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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dioscorea sylvatica
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dioscorea sylvatica
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Dioscorea sylvatica.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115460, retrieved 26 January 2022

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