Dioscorea esculenta (Lour.) Burkill

 
  • Family : DIOSCOREACEAE
    (YAM FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Dioscoreaceae
  • Basionym : Oncus esculentus Lour.
  • Synonym(s) : Dioscorea spinosa Roxb. ex Hook.f.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Dioscorea esculenta (Lour.) Burkill
  • Common name : Lesser yam, Karen potato
  • Vernacular name : Kate-Kanagi (Marathi); Siladom, Tivvitiga (Telugu); Cherukizhangu, Cheruvallikizhangu, Nanakizhangu (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Climber
  • Habitat : Cultivated
  • Comments / notes : Often cultivated for its edible tuber. Also as an escape
  • Flower, Fruit : September-December
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : All districts of Kerala
    • Maharashtra : Mumbai-City district, Mumbai Suburban district, Kolhapur district, Ratnagiri district, Sindhudurg district, Thane district
    • Odisha : Cultivated
  • Native : Siam, Indo-China
  • World Distribution : Cultivated in tropics
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3; B. D. Sharma, S. Karthikeyan & N. P. Singh 1996 - Flora of Maharashtra state - Monocotyledons; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Dioscorea esculenta. Downloaded on 11 December 2019.

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