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Photo by Evelyn Durst.


Photo by Judith Maggi Fritschi.


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


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
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.