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The leaves by Forest & Kim Starr,

Female flowers by Himesh Dilruwan Jayasinghe,

Author: Carl Linnaeus, 1753
Origin:  Assam, Bangladesh, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Cambodia, Christmas Island, East Himalaya, India, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Malaya, Myanmar, Nepal, New Guinea, Philippines, Sulawesi + Sumatera; Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam (Belize, Comoros, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Gabon, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Madagascar, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela)
Soil:  Rich Drained
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  60 Centimetres
Height:  8 Meters
Flower:  White - Crème Coloured
Propagate:  Seeds/Rhizomes/"Air Potatoes"
Names:  Winged Yam, Water Yam, Purple yam, Maha vel ala
Synonyms:  Dioscorea atropurpurea William Roxburgh, 1832.
Dioscorea colocasiifolia
Dioscorea globosa
W. Roxburgh, 1832.
Dioscorea purpurea
W. Roxburgh, 1832.
Dioscorea rubella
W. Roxburgh, 1832.
Dioscorea sapinii
De Wildemann.
Dioscorea sativa Munro, 1844.
Dioscorea eburina, Lour.
Dioscorea eburnea,
Dioscorea javanica,
Dioscorea vulgaris,
Elephantodon eburnea,
Polynome alata,

This member of the Dioscoreaceae family originates from Asia, but has been brought around the world, first by Arab traders, later by other traders, and remain a popular crop. It was given this name by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. It will grow in a rich but drained soil with some to lots of water and some sun. The clusters of rhizomes can grow large and each reach up to 60 centimetres in some parts of the world. In other, they grow more like potatoes, reaching six centimetres each. The vines can reach ten meters, and the flowers are white to crème coloured. I doubt the single rhizome will last for many years, or if they appreciate to be exposed.

Dioscorea is named after Pedianos Dioscorides, a Greek physician if the 1st century A.D. The species means 'winged' for the fruits.