This member of the
Dioscoreaceae family was given this name by Carl von
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
flowers are greenish white.
Due to its large range, many
subspecies have been described.