Dioscorea bulbifera

Scientific name: Dioscorea bulbifera L.
Botanical family: DIOSCOREACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)


  • masoko

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Herbaceous, dioecious, climber with glabrous stem, bearing in leaf axils, large, brown, tuberculate bulbils ca 15 cm in diameter; leaves alternate, simple, cordate at base, petioles 6-14 cm long, blades broadly ovate 15-25 cm x 7-20 cm; male flowers borne on clustered spikes up to 20 cm long; female flowers borne on simple spikes 10-15 cm long; fruit a capsule oblong 2.5 cm x1.5 cm.







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