Henry Burkill, 1952
working on the possibility of this being a synonym of
elephantipes. I don't think they look alike at
all, but today, it is about DNA, not appearance....
This member of the Dioscoreaceae
family was described by Isaac Henry Burkill in 1952. It is found in South
Africa, in the Calitzdorp area, growing in well drained soil with
some water and some sun I have never seen it grow on the sunny side;
always in the shadows. The caudex can grow up to 50
centimetres in diameter and 1,5 meter height. The vines will reach
four meters or more. The flowers are greenish.
Dioscorea is named after
Pedianos Dioscorides, a Greek physician if the 1st century A.D. The
species name from hémi; 'half' and crypta; 'hiden'.
This is a winter grower.