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Useful Tropical Plants

Dioscorea sagittifolia

Pax

Dioscoreaceae

+ Synonyms

Dioscorea lecardii De Wild.

Dioscorea mildbraedii R.Knuth

Dioscorea zara Baudon

Common Name:

Dioscorea sagittifolia
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Annika Wieckhorst; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Annika Wieckhorst

General Information

Dioscorea sagittifolia is an unarmed, herbaceous perennial climbing plant with stems growing up to 8 metres tall from a tuberous rootstock. The stems twine right-handed around other plants for support, or scramble over the ground. The deeply-rooted tubers are protected by spiny roots[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].
The tuber is gathered from the wild for local use as a food. The plant is occasionally cultivated for its tuber.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Topical Africa - Sierra Leone to Ethiopia, south to DR Congo and Uganda.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial Climber
Height6.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Tuber - cooked[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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