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Species Information

Dioscorea cotinifolia Kunth
(name current 2016)
Wild Yam
lunyawo lwendlovu


Growth form: Climber
Southern African Endemic
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: widespread
Schedule C

Regional distribution:
Southern Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Dioscorea cotinifolia - Vigorous, slender, twining with wiry stem, hairless throughout. Leaves simple, stalks very slender c 15 mm long; blade c 5 cm long X 5 cm wide, widest near base, lower edges spreading at right angles to stalk, not heart-shaped, narrowing rapidly to long narrow point, all main veins springing from junction of blade and stalk. Flowers white in slender wavy spikes of variable length arising in small tufts from leaf axils. Male flowers numerous, female flowers few. Fruit a three-winged papery capsule, broadest near top, c 3 cm long x 15 mm wide; seeds with long membranous wing.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

Included in Tree Atlas.

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Wilkin P (2001). Dioscoreaceae of South-Central Africa. Kew Bulletin, Vol. 56, No. 2 (2001), pp. 361-404.