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Dioscorea hispida


Dioscorea hispida Dennst.

Family Name: Dioscoreaceae
Common Name: Intoxicating Yam


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Climber
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Yunnan, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi.
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Twinning climber.

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Storage Organ


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

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Master ID 33709
Species ID 8123
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Species record last updated on: 10 August 2022.