Taxon: Dioscorea bulbifera L.

 
Genus: Dioscorea
Family: Dioscoreaceae
Nomen number: 14186
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:1033. 1753
Name Verified on: 12-May-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-May-2011
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA)
Accessions: 20 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard)
  • Human food: vegetable (bulbils and tubers are edible, but can be poisonous fide Use Pl WT Afr; Kew Bull 56:380. 2001)
  • Gene sources: primary genetic relative of air-potato (based on wild populations of Dioscorea bulbifera fide Theor Appl Genet 81:462. 1991)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2; Kew Bull 56:380. 2001)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Poison Hawaii; Kew Bull 56:380. 2001)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Rep NCEPPC)

Distributional Range:

    Native:

  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Tanzania; Uganda
    • West Tropical Africa: Burkina Faso; Cote D'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Liberia; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon
    • Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar; Mauritius; Reunion
  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India; Nepal; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Cambodia; Laos; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia - Queensland, - Western Australia, - Northern Territory

  • Naturalized:

    . widely natzd. elsewhere

    Cultivated:

    . also cult.

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Check other web resources for Dioscorea bulbifera L. :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • ABRS: Australian Biological Resources Study Flora of Australia online
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.