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Family: DIOSCOREACEAE 

 Dioscorea pentaphylla
 

Photo by Harold St. John; University of Hawai‘i.

  
Author:  Carl von Linnaeus 1753
Family:  Dioscoreaceae
Habitat:  Australia, China, India, Indochina, Indonesia, New Guinea, Philippines (Cuba, Hawaii)
Soil:  Rich
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Minimum - Medium
Thickness:  25 Centimetres
Height:  10 Metres
Flower:  Grenish
Reproduction:  Seeds/Bulbils
Pop names:  Fiveleaf Yam
Synonyms:  Dioscorea spinosa Burm 1769.  Dioscorea codonopsidifolia Kamik 1935. Dioscorea changjiangensis F.W.Xing & Z.X. Li 1995
This member of the Dioscoreaceae family was given this name by Carl von Linnaeus in 1753. It is found in Australia, China, India, Indochina, Indonesia, New Guinea, Philippines ((and brought to Cuba and Hawaii), growing in a rich soil with quite some water and little sun. The caudex can grow to 25 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to ten metres in height. The flowers are greenish white.

Due to its large range, many subspecies have been described.