Nicolaas Joseph von Jacquin, 1774
Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, France,
Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan,
Libya, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Sicilia, Spain,
Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Yugoslavia
- Pale Yellow
Mandrake, Wild Vine, Wild Hops, Wild Nep, Tamus, Ladies'
Seal, Tetterbury, Navet du diable,
subsp. dioica Tutin.
alba L. 1753 =
Bryonia aspera, Steven
ex Ledeb. 1812.
Bryonia monoeca, E.H.L.Krause
Bryonia nigra, Gilib.
Bryonia vulgaris, Gueldenst. ex Ledeb.
This dioecious member of
family was described by Nicolaas Joseph von Jacquin in 1774. It is found in England,
south- and middle Europe, northern Africa and western Asia. It preferring a
neutral or basic, well drained soil with some to lots of water and
some to lots of sun. The vines will grow to three meters and
the flowers are white to pale yellow. The caudex reaches 40 centimetres in
The genre name; Bryonia
from bryein, meaning luxuriant growth. The species name dioica
is derived from Greek, meaning 'of two houses': Having separate
staminate and pistillate plants; dioecious - and it is!