Dioscorea floribunda M.Martens & Galeotti

 
  • Family : DIOSCOREACEAE
    (YAM FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Dioscoreaceae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Dioscorea floribunda M.Martens & Galeotti
  • Vernacular name : Marunnukachil (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Climber
  • Habitat : Grown as medicinal plant
  • Comments / notes : Cultivated. The tubers are chief source of Diosegenin, a steroidal sapogenin which is used as starting material in the synthesis of steroidal drugs
  • Flower, Fruit : December-January
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : All districts of Kerala
    • Odisha : Cuttack district, Khurda district
  • Native : Central America
  • World Distribution : Introduced elsewhere
  • Literature : H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3; 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 floribunda. Downloaded on 11 December 2019.

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