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Family: DIOSCOREACEAE 

 Dioscorea strydomiana
 

Photo by John Burrows.

  
Author:  Paul Wilkin 2011
Family:  Dioscoreaceae
Habitat:  Western South Africa; Mpumalanga
Soil:  Mixed
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  100 Centimetres
Height:  150 Centimetres
Flower:  Yellowish Green
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings
Pop names:  -
Synonyms:  -

Male flower by John Burrows.

Female flower by John Burrows.

   This non-climbing member of the Dioscoreaceae family was given this name by Paul Wilkin in 2011. It is found in the western part of South Africa, around Mpumalanga at 1.100 - 1.150 m above sea level. It is growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex might extend to 100 centimetres in diameter and the entire plant, with natural exposed caudex can reach 150 centimetres or more.

While the caudex might resemble Dioscorea elephantipes, and the leaves Dioscorea hemicrypta, the branches does not climb at all, but form a small bush.

So fare, only two populations of about 200 individual plants have been found in the wild.

It is named after the late Gerhard Strydom, who along with Johan Hurter discovered the species.

The caudex by John Burrows.