Dioscorea hispida Dennst.

 
  • Family : DIOSCOREACEAE
    (Yam Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : BANA ALU FAMILY (बन आलु)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : DIOSCOREACEAE
  • Synonym(s) : Dioscorea daemona Roxb.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Dioscorea hispida Dennst.
  • Common name : Asiatic Bitter Yam, Intoxicating Yam
  • Vernacular name : Vaskand (Marathi); Bainya alu (Oria); Tella gini gadda, Puli-dumpa (Telugu); Karu kandu, Baichandi (Hindi); Bolkande, Podava-kixhangu, Podukkilangu, Venni (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Climber
  • Habitat : Semi-Evergreen forests
  • Comments / notes : Tubers cause nausea even after boiling
  • Flower, Fruit : June-January
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : East Godavari district, Krishna district, Kurnool district, West Godavari district, Vishakapatnam district, Srikakulam district
    • Kerala : Kasaragod district, Wayanad district, Malappuram district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district
    • Maharashtra : Akola district, Amravati district, Aurangabad district, Mumbai Suburban district, Mumbai-City district, Buldhana district, Chandrapur district, Dhule district, Kolhapur district, Nagpur district, Nashik district, Pune district, Raigad district, Ratnagiri district, Sindhudurg district, Thane district, Yavatmal district
    • Odisha : Mayurbhanj district, Angul district, Sambalpur district
  • World Distribution : Tropics of Asia
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : J.L.Ellis, 1990- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 2; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipahar (Similipal), Orissa; 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 hispida. Downloaded on 10 July 2020.

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