Dioscorea stolzii R.Knuth
Dioscorea cochleariapiculata is a herbaceous perennial climbing plant producing prickly stems up to 15 metres long from a tuberous rootstock. The stems scramble over the ground or twine into nearby plants for support, often trailing down from the tops of trees[
]. The tubers, which are replaced annually, are usually 4 - 5 in number, depressed, globose, clustered, up to 10cm across[
The tubers are sometimes gathered from the wild (most commonly only in times of food shortage) for local consumption.
Tropical Africa - Ethiopia, Burundi, eastern DR Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe.
Found at elevations from 750 - 1,900 metres[
Prefers well-drained, sandy soils in the wild[
Tubers - cooked[
]. Eaten after preparation in times of food shortage[
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