Dioscorea barclayi R.Knuth
Dioscorea floribunda is a perennial, climbing plant producing annual stems from a tuberous rootstock. These stems, which twine to the left, scramble over the ground, or twine into the surrounding vegetation[
The edible root is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use.
C. America - El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico.
Moist or wet thickets or forest, sometimes in oak forest, at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
A plant of the dry to moist tropics and subtropics, where it is found at elevations up to 1,500 metres. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 25 - 30°c, but can tolerate 15 - 38°c[
]. It can be killed by temperatures of 9°c or lower[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 900 - 1,200mm, but tolerates 600 - 2,300mm[
Prefers a sunny position, but also succeeds in some shade[
]. Grows best in a well-drained, light to medium soil of at least moderate fertility[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 6 - 6.5, tolerating 5.8 - 7.2[
The edible tubers are harvested from wild plants 3- 4 years old[
Root - cooked[
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