African Plant Database

Dioscorea gillettii Milne-Redh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 17: 177 (1963)
Notes : [sensu Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Dioscor.: 7, 1975, p.p. = D. kituiensis]
Information on the genus : Dioscorea
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herbaceous twiner < 2 m tall; stems unarmed, glabrous; tuber, spreading horizontally near soil surface, 3,5-4,5x2,5-3,2 cm, with fringing roots; leaves alternate; petiole 0,5-5 cm long; blade ovate-cordate, 1,5-9x1-7,5 cm, apex acute to acuminate, base deeply cordate; male inflorescence: panicle in leaf axils, 1-14 cm long, with single pedicellate flowers or 2-4-flower cymules at each node; male flowers with spreading perianth, stamens 3, staminodes 3; capsule ± obovate, 2,2-2,7x2-3 cm, winged; seeds wingless.
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Ecology : Acacia, Commiphora scrub; Acacia, Commiphora, Boswellia woodland; wooded grassland; “seasonally dry inhospitable habitats” (Fl. Trop. E. Afr., l.c.); 450-1650 m alt.
  Note on relationships: This species was considered (Milne-Redhead) as closely related to Borderea Miégev. (now enclosed in Dioscorea).
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Record n°11265 modified 2013-10-31
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