Sigismund Knuth, 1850
Mozambique, South Africa
Medium - Maximum
Dioscorea malifolia, Baker, 1889
This member of the
Dioscoreaceae family was given this name by Knuth in 1850.
It is found in Eswatini,
Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa, growing in a
rich but drained soil with some to lots of water and some sun. The
rhizomes will form clusters of five centimetres individual,
eventually forming a huge caudex of 25 centimetres or more. The
vines can reach three or even ten meters. The flowers are white.
Dioscorea is named after
Pedianos Dioscorides, a Greek physician if the 1st century A.D. The
species name means 'having leaves like Cotinus'.