Chandigarh Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Chandigarh (India)
Designed & Developed by Bioinformatics Centre, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Dioscorea bulbifera Linn.

Family: Dioscoreaceae Genus: Dioscorea Species: Dioscorea bulbifera Linn.






Synonym Dioscorea anthropophagorum A. Chev.,   Dioscorea crispata Roxb.             Flower Color White
Common Name Aerial yam, Air potato, Air yam, Bitter yam, Cheeky yam, Potato yam and Wild yam Flower Type Solitary
English / Trade Name Bulb Bearing Yam, Potato Yam and Air Potato Flowering Period July-Sept
Vernacular /Local Name Fruiting Period Oct-Dec
Altitude 200-700 m. Fruit Type Capsule
Habit Climber Fruit Details Fruit 1.5-2.3 X 1-1.5 cm, oblong, 3-winged
Habitat Occurs in scrub jungles and stream banks Bark Type Smooth
Distribution India, China, Japan, Philippines and Indonesia Bark Details Purplish and smooth
Distribution in chandigarh Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary Origin Native
    Leaf Type Simple
    Leaf Arrangement Opposite (leaves in pairs along stem)
    Leaf Shape Ovate
Description of Species It is a large vine 20 ft or more in length produces tubers; however the bulbils which grow at the base of its leaves are the more important food product Leaf Details Leaves 9-25 X 8-23 cm, ovate-suborbicula, base deeply cordate, apex acuminate to shortly caudate, petiole to 20 cm long

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details