This member of the Dioscoreaceae
family was described by Ferdinand Albin Pax in 1893. It is found in
tropical Africa, Zanzibar and on Madagascar, growing in well drained soil or
peat with some to lots of water and some sun. The bulbs can grow to
six centimetres or more, the vines can grow to 7 or even 25 meters.
The flowers are greenish yellow.
Bulbils of this species are
"Dioscorea" is named after the
Dioscorides a Greek physician.
"sansibarensis" after Zanzibar,
now called Unguja.