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Common name

English: Water Yam, Winged Yam

German: Yam

Mandarin: 参薯 (shen shu)

Portuguese: Inhame-grande

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (2612)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2512)

    Class: Liliopsida (388)

      Order: Liliales (114)

        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

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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