1252.000 Dioscorea L. - Yams

Description of the genus

Twining dioecious herbs, sometimes bearing aerial tubers. Leaves alternate or opposite, simple or compound (3-7-digitate). Male inflorescences of axillary spikes or racemes, sometimes a terminal panicle. Female inflorescences of axillary spikes. Ovary 3-locular. Fruit a 3-lobed capsule. Seeds sometimes winged.

Worldwide: c. 850 species in tropical and warm regions

Malawi: 12 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
asteriscus BurkillSDescription, Image
buchananii Benth. subsp. buchananii C,SDescription, Image
bulbifera (L.) L.C,SDescription, Image
cochleari-apiculata De Wild.N,C,S
dumetorum (Kunth) PaxN,C,SDescription, Image
hirtiflora Benth. subsp. orientalis Milne-Redh.CDescription
hirtiflora Benth. subsp. pedicellata Milne-Redh.N,C,SDescription, Image
praehensilis Benth.N,C,SDescription, Image
preussii Pax subsp. hylophila (Harms) WilkinC,S
quartiniana Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,C,SDescription, Image
sansibarensis PaxN,C,SDescription, Image
schimperiana KunthN,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Dioscorea:

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Flora of Botswana: Dioscorea
Flora of Caprivi: Dioscorea
Flora of Mozambique: Dioscorea
Flora of Zambia: Dioscorea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dioscorea
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Dioscorea

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Dioscorea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Dioscorea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Dioscorea
Wikipedia: Dioscorea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dioscorea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dioscorea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Dioscorea.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=375, retrieved 25 March 2023

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