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Common name

Mandarin: 五叶薯蓣 (wu ye shu yu)


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Dioscoreales (13)

        Family: Dioscoreaceae (13)(family description)

          Genus: Dioscorea (11)

            Epithet: pentaphylla L. (1)

Synonyms: Botryosicyos pentaphyllus (L.) Hochst., Dioscorea changjiangensis F.W.Xing & Z.X.Li, Dioscorea codonopsidifolia Kamik., Dioscorea digitata Mill., Dioscorea globifera R.Knuth, Dioscorea jacquemontii Hook.f., Dioscorea kleiniana Kunth, Dioscorea spinosa Burm., Dioscorea triphylla L., Hamatris triphylla (L.) Salisb., Ubium quadrifarium J.F.Gmel., Ubium scandens J.St.-Hil.

changjiangensis => from Changjiang Li, county in Hainan, the Peoples Republic of China

digitata => fingered, with fingers (of leaves as that of the Horse-Chestnut)

globifera => carrying spheres (e.g. globular heads of flowers)

jacquemontii => in honor of Victor Vincelas Jacquemont (1801-1832), French botanist and geologist

kleiniana => in honor of Jakob Theodor Klein (1685–1759), German botanist

pentaphylla => five-leaved

pentaphyllus => five-leaved

quadrifarium => in four parts or ranks

scandens => climbing

spinosa => having spines or thorns

triphylla => three-leaved or with a perianth consisting of three distinct leaves


Climate: tropical

Habit: liana

Flower colour: green, white

External links

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