Dioscorea fulvida Stapf
Dioscorea hockii De Wild.
Dioscorea stellatopilosa De Wild.
Dioscorea schimperana is a herbaceous perennial climbing plant producing stems up to 6 metres long from a tuberous rootstock. The stems twine right-handed into other plants for support, or scramble over the ground. The stems bear bulbils in the leaf axils[
The edible bulbils are abundant and are harvested from the wild in times of scarcity. The edible roots are also harvested for local use, though returns are small for the amount of effort required to obtain them[
Tropical Africa - Nigeria to Sudan and Ethiopia, south to Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Open upland savannah country[
]. In Malawi the plant favours termite mounds and sprawls over rocks on river-margins[
Tubers - cooked[
Bulbils - cooked[
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