Dioscorea anchiatasi Harms
Dioscorea anchietae Harms ex R.Knuth
Dioscorea angolensis R.Knuth
Dioscorea apiculata De Wild.
Dioscorea beccariana Martelli
Dioscorea crinita Hook.f.
Dioscorea cryptantha Baker
Dioscorea dinteri Schinz
Dioscorea excisa R.Knuth
Dioscorea forbesii Baker
Dioscorea gossweileri R.Knuth
Dioscorea holstii Harms
Dioscorea pentadactyla (Pax) Welw.
Dioscorea peteri R.Knuth
Dioscorea phaseoloides Pax
Dioscorea schliebenii R.Knuth
Dioscorea schweinfurthiana Pax
Dioscorea stuhlmannii Harms
Dioscorea ulugurensis R.Knuth
Dioscorea verdickii De Wild.
Dioscorea quartiniana is a hairy, herbaceous perennial climbing plant with stems up to 6 metres long growing from a tuberous rootstock. The thin stems twine to the left, growing into other plants for support or scrambling over the ground[
The tubers are harvested from the wild for local use as a food. Although most commonly viewed as a famine food, the plant is also occasionally cultivated as a food crop in parts of east Africa and is sometimes sold in local markets[
]. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
The fruits and roots are reported to be poisonous[
The tubers need to be treated in order to remove a toxic principal[
Through much of tropical Africa - from Sierra Leone to Ethiopia, south to S. Africa, Madagascar.
Openings in upland and lowland rainforest, riverine forest and at forest edges, termite mounds, scrub and thickets, often on hillsides and near rock outcrops and grasslands, at elevations from 100 - 2,300 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
A plant of low to moderate elevations in the moist tropics. In Tanzania it grows in areas where the mean annual rainfall is in the range 800 - 1,900mm[
Often found in the deep shade of other vegetation[
]. Tolerates a wide range of soil types[
A very variable species[
Tubers - cooked[
]. The tubers are peeled and soaked in water for several days; then they are washed, sliced and dried in the sun; the dried slices are pounded into flour and used for uji or ugali[
]. The dried flour can be stored[
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