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Family: DIOSCOREACEAE 

 Dioscorea sansibarensis
  Author of this page: Panos & Stavros.


Photo by
Panos & Stavros.

  
Author:  Ferdinand Albin Pax 1893
Family:  Dioscoreaceae
Habitat:  Tropical Africa, Zanzibar, Madagascar (Florida)
Soil:  Mix or Peat
Water:  Medium-Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  6 centimetres
Height:  7 meters
Flower:  Greenish-Yellow
Reproduction:  Seeds/Bulbs/Arial Bulbs
Pop names:  Zanzibar Yam
Synonyms:  Dioscorea macroura Harms 1897. Dioscorea welwitschii Rendle 1899. Dioscorea macabiha Jum. & H. Perrier 1909. Dioscorea toxicaria Bojer. 


Air-bulb by
Enrico Santimaria.


Leaf  by
Enrico Santimaria.

   This member of the Dioscoreaceae family was described by Ferdinand Albin Pax in 1893. It is found in tropical Africa, Zanzibar and on Madagascar, growing in well drained soil or peat with some to lots of water and some sun. The bulbs can grow to six centimetres or more, the vines can grow to 7 or even 25 meters. The flowers are greenish yellow.

Bulbils of this species are poisonous.

"Dioscorea" is named after the Dioscorides a Greek physician.

"sansibarensis" after Zanzibar, now called Unguja.


Photo by
Panos & Stavros.


New growth on air-bulbs by
Enrico Santimaria.