Dioscorea alata L.

Common name

English: Water Yam, Winged Yam

German: Yam

Mandarin: 参薯 (shen shu)

Portuguese: Inhame-grande

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (2505)

  Phylum: Magnoliophyta (2404)

    Class: Liliopsida (370)

      Order: Liliales (113)

        Family: Dioscoreaceae (13) (family description)

          Genus: Dioscorea (11)

           Epithet: alata L. (6)

Synonyms: Dioscorea globosa Roxb., Dioscorea rubella Roxb., Polynome alata (L.) Salisb.

alata => winged, with wings

globosa => ball-like, nearly spherical

rubella => reddish

Characteristics

Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: green, yellow, beige, white

External links

Check for Dioscorea alata at The Plant List, GBIF or IPNI

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