Dioscorea henryi Uline ex Diels
Dioscorea zingiberensis is a perennial, climbing plant producing annual stems from a large underground tuber. The stems scramble over the ground, twining to the left as they grow into the surrounding vegetation[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is a major source of the medicinal compound diosgenin, much used in the pharmaceutical industry[
E. Asia - China, Vietnam.
Along the banks of larger rivers in open forest; at elevations around 900 - 1,000 metres[
The plant is usually dioecious, though monoecious forms are known. Both male and female forms of dioecious plants will need to be grown if seed is required[
The tuber is used as a cooling medicine[
]. An important traditional medicine[
The rhizome is an extremely important source of the medicinal compound diosgenin for the pharmaceutical industry[
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