Dioscorea bulbifera L. , Sp. Pl. 1033 1753. (Syn: Dioscorea anthropophagorum A.Chev.; Dioscorea bulbifera var. albotuberosa Y.F.Zhou, Z.L.Xu &
Y.Y.Hang; Dioscorea bulbifera var. anthropophagorum (A.Chev.) Summerh.; Dioscorea bulbifera var. crispata (Roxb.) Prain; Dioscorea bulbifera f. domestica (Makino) Makino & Nemoto; Dioscorea bulbifera var. elongata (F.M.Bailey) Prain & Burkill; Dioscorea bulbifera var. pulchella (Roxb.) Prain; Dioscorea bulbifera var. sativa Prain; Dioscorea bulbifera var. suavia Prain & Burkill; Dioscorea bulbifera var. vera Prain & Burkill;
Dioscorea crispata Roxb.; Dioscorea heterophylla Roxb.; Dioscorea hoffa Cordem.; Dioscorea hofika Jum. & H.Perrier; Dioscorea korrorensis R.Knuth; Dioscorea latifolia Benth.; Dioscorea longipetiolata Baudon; Dioscorea perrieri R.Knuth; Dioscorea pulchella Roxb.; Dioscorea rogersii Prain & Burkill; Dioscorea sativa f. domestica Makino; Dioscorea sativa var. elongata F.M.Bailey; Dioscorea sativa var. rotunda F.M.Bailey; Dioscorea sativa f. spontanea Makino; Dioscorea tamifolia Salisb.; Dioscorea tenuiflora Schltdl.; Dioscorea violacea Baudon; Helmia bulbifera (L.) Kunth; Polynome bulbifera (L.) Salisb.); 
 
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as per Catalogue of life;
aerial yam, air potato, air yam, bitter yam, bulbil-bearing yam, cheeky yam, malacca yam, otaheite-potato , potato yam, shoebutton air potato • Bengali: বনআলু ban alu • Hindi: गैण्ठी gainthi, कदू कन्दा kadu kanda, रतालू ratalu (apt forD. purpurea) Kannada: ಅಮ್ಬಲಿ ಗೆಣಸು ambali genasu, ಹಮ್ದಿಗೆಣಸು hamdigenasu, ಹೆಗ್ಗೆನಸು heggenasu, ಕುಮ್ಟಗೆಣಸು kuntagenasu, ನೇಗಿಲುಹೊನ್ನೆ negilugonne • Konkani: करंदो karamdo • Malayalam: കാച്ചില് kaacchil, പന്നികിഴങ്ങ pannikizhangu • Marathi: डुकरकंद dukar-kand, कडूकरंदा kadu-karanda, वाराही varahi • Nepalese: गीट्ठा giitthaa, गीट्ठे तरुल giitthe tarul, वन तरुल van tarul • Oriya: pita alu • Sanskrit: आलुकः aluka, वराहीकन्द varahi-kand • Tamil: காட்டுச்சீரகவள்ளி kaatu-c-ciraka-valli, காட்டுக்காய்வள்ளி kaattu-k-kaay-valli • Telugu: అడవి దుంప adavi dumpa; 

dy-oh-SKOR-ee-uh — named for Pedanios Dioscorides, 1st century Greek pharmacologist
bulb-EE-fer-uh — bearing bulbs

Native to: tropical Africa, China, Indian subcontinent, Indo-China, tropical Australia
… tubers and aerial bulbils (as VEGETABLE) … … tribal folks of Melghat Forest …
… tubers are like small, oblong potatoes, and they are edible and cultivated as a food crop, especially in West Africa …

 

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Dioscoreaceae (yam family) » Dioscorea bulbifera
Synonyms: Dioscorea heterophylla, Dioscorea latifolia

 

dy-oh-SKOR-ee-uh — named for Pedanios Dioscorides, 1st century Greek pharmacologist
bulb-EE-fer-uh — bearing bulbs
aerial yam, air potato, air yam, bitter yam, bulbil-bearing yam, cheeky yam, malacca yam, otaheite-potato , potato yam, shoebutton air potato • Bengali: বনআলু ban alu • Hindi: गैण्ठी gainthi, कदू कन्दा kadu kanda, रतालू ratalu (apt for D. purpurea) Kannada: ಅಮ್ಬಲಿ ಗೆಣಸು ambali genasu, ಹಮ್ದಿಗೆಣಸು hamdigenasu, ಹೆಗ್ಗೆನಸು heggenasu, ಕುಮ್ಟಗೆಣಸು kuntagenasu, ನೇಗಿಲುಹೊನ್ನೆ negilugonne • Konkani: करंदो karamdo • Malayalam: കാച്ചില് kaacchil, പന്നികിഴങ്ങ pannikizhangu • Marathi: डुकरकंद dukar-kand, कडूकरंदा kadu-karanda, वाराही varahi • Nepalese: गीट्ठा giitthaa, गीट्ठे तरुल giitthe tarul, वन तरुल van tarul • Oriya: pita alu • Sanskrit: आलुकः aluka, वराहीकन्द varahi-kand • Tamil: காட்டுச்சீரகவள்ளி kaatu-c-ciraka-valli, காட்டுக்காய்வள்ளி kaattu-k-kaay-valli • Telugu: అడవి దుంప adavi dumpa;
Native to: tropical Africa, China, Indian subcontinent, Indo-China, tropical Australia

 

Edible use (WILD):
… tubers and aerial bulbils (as VEGETABLE) … … tribal folks of Melghat Forest … ethnoleaflets<http://www.ethnoleaflets.com/leaflets/edibles4.htm>
… tubers are like small, oblong potatoes, and they are edible and  cultivated as a food crop, especially in West Africa … Wikipedia<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dioscorea_bulbifera>

 


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Dioscorea bulbifera : Air potato:  This climber is present in large scales near Shedani Devrai Mulshi.
Some climbers were flowering as seen in the picture.
The young flowers are white whereas the mature ones turn purple pink.
The developing bulbils are also seen in Image 3544


 

These are some more of mine. Have recently posted photographs of the bulbils, these have more to do with the flowers


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Flora of Kaiga_ID_Please_17082011 PJ1: Flora of Kaiga_ID_Please_17082011 PJ1. This creeper  Commonly grows in bushes, fruit is looks like Chocolate ball, attached  one  fruit & leaf pic for ID..
Date/Time-:15/08/11   –    16:30
Location- Place, Altitude – Kaiga , Uttar Kannada ,Karnataka, 380 mtrs
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-   wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Climber
Height/Length- 7m

This is the bulbil of Dioscorea bulbifera. Please check this site for my recent posts of this plant.


Yes Dioscorea bulbifera. Recently I had posted the same plant in flowering stage.


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Flower for ID 071011SC4: Posting a photo for Id of flower
Date / Time – 18.09. 2011 / 11.00 am.
Location – Place – Kakuli Lake, Badalapur (Near Kalyan), Maharashtra
Habitat – Garden/ Urban/ Wild / Type – Wild

the flowers’ spike (usually seen pendulous) reminds me of *Dioscorea bulbifera* ♀ … the vegetative growth seen among the flower spikes is popularly known as air potato OR air yam.
The leaves of the climber are probably not seen here, please confirm.


Agree with …. This is Dioscorea bulbifera [Kadu Karanda]. An upturned leaf is seen in the right forefront. Please check the archives of this group for my photographs of the flowers, fruit & bulbils of this.


Yess Dioscorea bulbifera. Twig is actually broken from top and some insect eaten leaves are visible.

Sharing this graceful vine of Dioscorea bulbifera . Photographed at Betul, MP. Dated- 14 th Dec 2011.
It was a planted one.
Botanical name- Dioscorea bulbifera,
Common name- Air potato/ Varahi ( Sanskrit) / Gadalu ( Hindi)

 


 

Wow … beautiful. I did not know Dioscorea bulbifera is so cute. one of my posts was Id d as Dioscorea bulbifera, there was just a single leaf for 3 months it did not grow at all. Thanks for sharing now I know how it looks when fully grown. What are those long things? gives it a nice look


… those ” long things ” r probably r d aerial roots of d plant.
Some expert can shed more light on this. Or I will try 2 explore more n write back regarding


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CLIMBER FOR ID:

This climber is growing in our garden fence at Tala village Bandhavgarh National Park Umariya. M.P.
May I request you to please help in ID this climber.

Fruits are about 3 cm across at present but grow up to 6 cm across.


Very nice pics, this is a Dioscorea sp., may be D. bulbifera….


This seems to be Dioscorea bulbifera. It grows abundantly in Coastal Maharashtra in Monsoons.


Affirmative. This is Kadu Karanda [Dioscorea bulbifera]. Sending some of my photographs of this for comparison which are available at these links :


 

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VoF Week: Dioscorea bulbifera from Pipalkoti:

Dioscorea bulbifera from Pipalkoti

pls validate


I think yes

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Dioscorea bulbifera L. from Hooghly:

This seems to be Dioscorea bulbifera L.
Species : Dioscorea bulbifera L.
Habit & Habitat : roadside common twiner
Date : 15/9/12 & 9/10/12
Place : Hooghly
Superb. Good to see two Dioscoreas in a sequence.

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DIOSCOREA BULBIFERA: Attaching two images of Dioscorea bulbifera. In the second image the BULBILS (fleshy buds) are seen.


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ID-19022013-PR-3: plants from gujarat

wild

twinner


This is Kadu Karanda [Dioscorea bulbifera]. Please check the archives of this group for my photographs of this.

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Flora picture of the year 2013 :: Satish Phadke : Attachments (2). 10 posts by 10 authors.

Presenting my Flora picture of the year 2013
Dioscorea bulbifera
Earlier I had seen these flowers but they were scanty.
This year I had been to Bhimashankar in monsoon where I came across this climber with profuse flowering.


Thanks, … for the wonderful pictures. Your photos are getting superb day by day.


Superb pictures …, a great addition to your treasure….many thanks for sharing….


Very nice pictures … The small flowers are very beautiful, and the plants are a very good sight when in flowering.


Wonderful pictures, macro shot is superb..


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ANSEPT57 Which Dioscorea sp. is this? : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (5).
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Hill
Bannerghatta
20th September 2014

Identified as Dioscorea bulbifera on Indian Flora, Facebook.


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*Dioscorea glabra? ABJUL01/13 : 9 posts by 4 authors. 2 images.

Which Dioscorea is this? D. glabra perhaps?
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1800m

16 July, 2015.


Thank you for sharing. Of 32 species listed in BSI how do you determine the species?


Thank you … for pointing me to this list. I guess we could begin by looking at the geographical distribution of the species and shortlist the ones for my area/altitude (advanced search on BSI page should work http://efloraindia.nic.in/efloraindia/viewAdvanceSearchPage.action, but somehow on my browser I couldn’t get it to work). Of course there could still be a few to choose from (Collett lists five from Shimla).

Following Collett, I thought the specimen I was seeing was closer to D. glabra but since I am a non-botanist too, I seek expert opinion on this. It is of course always possible too that an odd species from here is not well documented and hard to identify with the help of photographs.


the BSI search doesn’t work in my browser also. I do not know what your species might be.

Here is the type herb of D. glabra Roxb. in KEW – http://apps.kew.org/herbcat/getImage.do?imageBarcode=K000098218 There are many other herb. as well, please search in KEW.


Dioscorea bulbifera L. (Dioscoreaceae)

Sec. Opsophyton Uline.
There are 4-5 varieties but for varietal identification flowers and tubers need to see.

It is commonly found and widespread species throughout the India.


It must be Dioscoria bulbifera


I would very much appreciate to know which feature(s) in the attached images determine(s) the species, be it bulbifera or glabra.


Thank you …


I saw the flowers yesterday on one of the climbers (and am hoping that its is not a different Dioscorea species from the previous one). Does this correspond to the D. bulbifera? Please advise.

4 images.

Yes.


I saw the first fruits today growing on the leaf axils and thought I’d share some images with you. I have been watching and photographing this climber flower through June and July.

Dioscorea bulbifera

June-August 2016
Mcleodganj and above. 8 images.

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Re: Dioscorea bulbifera : 3 posts by 1 author.

Sharing some pictures of Dioscores bulbifera shot in Surya Vinayak, Bhaktapur area at 5500 ft on 6 July 2016.


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GRAM 2017 Dioscorea sp. For ID : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (11)

Pictures taken at Kasara,  Sep 2016


Pl. Check with comparative images at Dioscorea


 

Its Dioscorea sp.


Dioscorea bulbifera


To me it seems to be Dioscorea bulbifera.


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Fwd: Adathap : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (1)

It’s called Adathap (air layer potato).

Any EFI Members can know about it’s distribution etc.,
Fruit for Id -ID23012018SH1 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) – 2 MB.
Fruit for Id pl.
Location – Dapoli- (Konkan, Maharashtra)

Date – October 2015


Dioscorea sp. [Dioscoreaceae].


Is it Dioscorea bulbifera ? there is a mix-up of  leaves from another tree i suppose ??

Pl. check at

Yes, may be Dioscorea bulbifera L. as per images herein.

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Fwd: Varahi kand : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)

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Fwd: DIOSCOREA BULBIFERA : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)
Attaching two images of Dioscorea bulbifera.

 

 

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SK353JAN29-2017:ID : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)

Location: Raniban, Balaju, Nepal
Altitude:  4900 ft.
Date: 26 August 2016  

Dioscorea …???


Family Manispermaceae?
Pl.  Check the spellings.


Dioscorea bulbifera  ???


Pl. check with images at Dioscorea bulbifera 


Yes, it is.


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at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli, Mumbai in Sept 2009; 25-07-2010: On the way to Prabalgad (Panvel region); at Shahapur; Wada region, Maharashtra; Sawantwadi, Mah., in Sep. ’10; PlANT FOR ID 142 SMP SEP09 – indiantreepix | Google Groups Dioscorea bulbifera_SGNP_Sept 09_SSN – indiantreepix | Google Groups Family of dioscorea bulbifera (Kadu Karanda) ? – indiantreepix | Google Groups

 


 

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Dioscorea bulbifera L. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)- around 1 Mb each.

 

Location: Phedi, Nagarkot,, Kathmandu
Date: 03 August  2019
Elevation: 1795 m.
Habit : Wild 

 


Flowers and fruits from Surat Aug’ 15
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SK 2154 27 August 2019 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Muhanpokhari, Nagarkot,, Kathmandu
Date: 03 August  2019
Elevation: 1494 m.

Habit : Wild 

Dioscorea sp. ! ??? !

Dioscorea? yes

Yes! I have mentioned. Looking for proper ID though no flowers yet !

short of flowers. the only way I know right now is to get the root

Thanks, …  Pl. check comparative images in efi site.


I think closer to Dioscorea bulbifera L. as per comparative images at Dioscorea

Yes, definitely D. bulbifera
 

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SK 2172 11 September 2019 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)- around 2 mb each.
Location: Godawari, Lalitpur,, Nepal
Altitude: 1711 m.
Date: 08 August 2019
Habit : Wild
Which Dioscorea ??

Yes. Pl. check Dioscorea bulbifera L.


I guess correct ID.

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Dioscorea bulbifera L. : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)- 1, 2 & 3 mb.
Location: Pharping, kathmandu, Nepal
Altitude: 1600 m.
Date: 14 September  2019
Habit : Wild

Attachments (5)- around 1200 kb each.


aaah. finally the season has arrived for the bulbs to form


Yes, …!



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Fwd: ID No. 23102020 RD : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)

Please help me to identify this Dioscorea species.
Note: It is a wild non edible (as per the local guide) poisonous species. Leaves larger, Stem quadrangular.
Location: Assam

Might be Dioscorea bulbifera


I agree with …


It is Dioscorea bulbifera, but in Western Ghats the tubers are eaten as a vegetable. They are not poisonous.


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