African Plant Database

Dioscorea cotinifolia Kunth
Protologue : Enum. Pl. (Kunth) 5: 386 (1850)
Information on the genus : Dioscorea
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Dioscorea malifolia Baker (1889)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Twining vine to 10 m long; tubers several, ovoid to pyriform, to 5 cm long, on short to long stout roots; stems annual, left-twining, wiry, unarmed; leaves usually opposite; blade entire, ovate to orbiculate or transversely elliptic, apex with a 1-2 mm long triangular brown apiculus, with oblong cystoliths in blade; inflorescence simple, male simple or compound; tepals erect at anthesis, male flowers urn-shaped; tepals obconic, fleshy; pedicels 0,8-1,3 mm long; capsule oblong to pyriforme; seeds winged at apex.
Ecology : Open dry forest; forest margins; scrubby vegetation; rocky places; 0-400 m alt.
  Near D. sylvatica.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Geophyte, Climber- Ht 2 - 4 m. Alt: 250 - 1800 m. Distribution: EC, KN, LP, MP, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Bothalia 3: 230 (1937).
  • List South. African Succ. Pl. : 67 (1997).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Mozambique
carte afrique num 11203
Record n°11203
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