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Family: DIOSCOREACEAE 

 Dioscorea cotinifolia
 


Photo by Evelyn Durst.

 
Author:   Carl Sigismund Knuth, 1850
Family:  Dioscoreaceae
Origin:  Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa
Soil:  Rich but Drained
Water:  Medium-Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  5-25 centimetres
Height:  3-10 metres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Rhizomes
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Dioscorea malifolia, Baker, 1889


Photo by Judith Maggi Fritschi.


Photo by Judith Maggi Fritschi, pot 35 centimetres, caudex 25 centimetres in diameter.


Photo by Evelyn Durst.

   This member of the Dioscoreaceae family was given this name by Knuth in 1850. It is found in Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa, growing in a rich but drained soil with some to lots of water and some sun. The rhizomes will form clusters of five centimetres individual, eventually forming a huge caudex of 25 centimetres or more. The vines can reach three or even ten meters. The flowers are white.

Dioscorea is named after Pedianos Dioscorides, a Greek physician if the 1st century A.D. The species name means 'having leaves like Cotinus'.


Photo by Evelyn Durst.


Photo by Evelyn Durst.


Photo by Judith Maggi Fritschi.