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Useful Tropical Plants

Dioscorea altissima

Lam.

Dioscoreaceae

+ Synonyms

Dioscorea balsapuertensis R.Knuth

Dioscorea calcarea R.Knuth

Dioscorea chondrocarpa Griseb.

Dioscorea hoehneana R.Knuth

Dioscorea maranonensis R.Knuth

Dioscorea nitida R.Knuth

Dioscorea poeppigii Kunth

Dioscorea rajanioides Uline ex R.Knuth

Dioscorea revillae Ayala

Dioscorea riparia Kunth & R.H.Schomb.

Dioscorea samydea Griseb.

Common Name: Dunguey

Dioscorea altissima

General Information

Dunguey is a perennial climbing plant producing stems 10 metres or more long from a tuberous rootstock. These stems scramble over the ground, or twine into the surrounding vegetation[
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Title
Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible tubers[
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Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
], and is also cultivated locally in Brazil for its edible tubers[
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Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
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Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
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Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, north through Central America to Panama and the Caribbean.

Habitat

Occasional in moist forests at lower to middle elevations in Puerto Rico.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial Climber
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Tubers - cooked[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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