Dioscorea wallichii

India to China (W. Yunnan) and Pen. Malaysia as per WCSP;

Stem twining to the right, smooth or scarcely prickly towards the base. Leaves to 12 x 12 cm, orbicular, bluntly acuminate, widely cordate at base; nerves 12 pairs from the base, glabrous, intercostae parallel; petiole to 14 cm long. Spikes 7-10 cm long, 3-6 together at nodes on 30-40 cm long peduncle; bracts and bracteoles ovate, acuminate. Male tepals 1 x 1 mm, ovate, acute; stamens 6.
Flowering and fruiting: October-November
Evergreen and moist deciduous forests
India, Myanmar and Thailand
(Attributions-Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi

Dioscorea wallichii is distributed from India to China and to Peninsula Malaysia (China, Assam, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand).
D. wallichii is a climbing tuberous geophyte which grows on various large shrubs or trees in mixed deciduous forests, on mountain slopes, also occurs in disturbed areas along roadsides and margins of cultivated areas.
Tubers of Dioscorea wallichii are eaten after boiling and thorough washing.
Citation:Contu, S. 2009. Dioscorea wallichii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 11 November 2014.


Images by Mihir Chaudhari 


ID - MS04112014001 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Please help me identify the Vine seen with hopefully an inflorescence in enclosed pics. found at Badlapur, Thane dist, Maharashtra.
Dioscorea wallichii Hook.f., available in the Western Ghats area of Karnataka also.

Climber ID from Bangladesh SM151 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2).
Habit: Climbing Herb
Habitat: Wild
Location: Bandarban