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Useful Tropical Plants

Dioscorea cochleariapiculata

De Wild.

Dioscoreaceae

+ Synonyms

Dioscorea stolzii R.Knuth

Common Name:

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General Information

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[
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
]. The tubers, which are replaced annually, are usually 4 - 5 in number, depressed, globose, clustered, up to 10cm across[
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
].
The tubers are sometimes gathered from the wild (most commonly only in times of food shortage) for local consumption.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Ethiopia, Burundi, eastern DR Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe.

Habitat

Found at elevations from 750 - 1,900 metres[
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
HabitPerennial Climber
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Prefers well-drained, sandy soils in the wild[
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
].

Edible Uses

Tubers - cooked[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
]. Eaten after preparation in times of food shortage[
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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