Albin Pax, 1893
Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros,
Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea
Island, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique,
Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Za´re,
Zimbabwe (Florida, Malaya, Taiwan)
Medium - Maximum
macroura, Harms, 1897.
Dioscorea welwitschi,i Rendle, 1899.
Dioscorea macabiha, Jum. & H. Perrier, 1909.
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 or
rich soil with some to lots of water and some sun. The bulbs can grow to
six centimetres or more, the vines can grow to seven or even 25 meters.
The flowers are greenish yellow.
Bulbils of this species are
Dioscorea is named after
Pedianos Dioscorides, a Greek physician if the 1st century A.D. The
species name sansibarensis after Zanzibar,
now called Unguja.