Paul Wilkin, 2011
Western South Africa; Mpumalanga
This non-climbing member of the Dioscoreaceae
given this name by
in 2011. It is found in the
western part of South Africa, around
Mpumalanga at 1.100 -
1.150 metres 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
Dioscorea elephantipes, and the leaves
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.
Dioscorea is named after
Pedianos Dioscorides, a Greek physician if the 1st century A.D. The
species name after the late
Gerhard Strydom, who along with Johan Hurter discovered the species.