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Taxon: Dioscorea alata L.

 
Genus: Dioscorea
Family: Dioscoreaceae
Nomen number: 14175
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:1033. 1753
Link to protologue:
Typification: View in Linnean Typification Project
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: 72 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Synonyms:

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental
  • Human food: starch; vegetable (tubers are consumed cooked fide Use Pl WT Afr)
  • Medicines:
  • Weed:

Distributional Range:

    Native

    Asia-Temperate
    • EASTERN ASIA: Taiwan

    Asia-Tropical
    • INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: India, Nepal
    • PAPUASIA: New Guinea
    • INDO-CHINA: Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
    • MALESIA: Borneo, Indonesia, [Celebes, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Sumatra] Malaysia, Philippines


    Cultivated (widely cult. in paleotropics)

    Naturalized

    Africa
    • NORTHEAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Ethiopia
    • EAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Tanzania
    • WEST-CENTRAL TROPICAL AFRICA: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Rwanda, Zaire
    • WEST TROPICAL AFRICA: Benin, Mali, Togo
    • SOUTH TROPICAL AFRICA: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia
    • WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN: Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles

    Asia-Temperate
    • CHINA: China

    Australasia
    • AUSTRALIA: Australia

    Northern America
    • SOUTHEASTERN U.S.A.: United States [Florida, Georgia]
    • Mexico

    Pacific
    • NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC: Micronesia
    • SOUTH-CENTRAL PACIFIC: French Polynesia, [Society Islands] Pitcairn
    • SOUTHWESTERN PACIFIC: Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tonga

    Southern America
    • CARIBBEAN: Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago
    • CENTRAL AMERICA: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
    • NORTHERN SOUTH AMERICA: French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela
    • BRAZIL: Brazil
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Colombia, Peru


References:

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Check other web resources for Dioscorea alata L. :

  • Flora of North America: Collaborative Floristic Effort of North American Botanists
  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • 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.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=14175. Accessed 10 December 2018.