Index
Kromme-Geelhout-Database

Species details

Genus

Genus : Dioscorea
Family: Dioscoreaceae (Monocotyledon)
Taxon : Flowering plant
Group : Plant

SPECIES
sylvatica var. sylvatica
NOTES

A perennial with a large, lobed tuber which is sometimes partially exposed and has a corky covering. The large leaves are heart-shaped or sagittate and the stems always twist to the left.


AUTHORITY
Eckl.
Sub Author
Conservation
Uncommon
Habit
Herbaceous
Land Invertebrate
n/a 


Colour
Notes: The flowers are yellowish-green and the male flowers are borne in erect racemes while the female flowers are borne in nodding spikes
Colour: Green
Notes: Flowers a greenish-yellow
Colour: Yellow
Common Name
Forest elephants foot plant
Forest tortoise plant
Hottentotsbrood
Wild yam
Olifantsvoet
Habitat
NOTES: Grows in dense bush
HABITAT NAME: Bush
Uses
Blood treatments
Roots and tubers are used for blood problems
Chest treatments
Unspecified use
Animal treatments
Used to treat swollen udders in cows
Reproductive treatments
Used commercially to produce steroidal contraceptives
Toxicity
Known to contain toxic substances
Months
November
December
January
February
March
Synonyms for Species
Testudinaria sylvatica



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