Dioscorea tomentosa J.König ex Spreng., Pl. Min. Cogn. Pug. 2: 92 1815. (Syn: Helmia tomentosa (J.König ex Spreng.) Kunth);
Malayalam Noolamkizhangu, Inckkachil, Chavu, Pindi, Inthikachil, Nuli, Chavankizhangu, Inthi Kachchil, Chavali
Others Nurai
Tamil Shaval Kilangu, Nalvaelikizhangu


Stem twining to the left, terete, tomentose. Leaves 3-foliolate, leaflets subequal, to 13 x 10 cm, broadly ovate, oblique at base, abruptly acuminate; petiole 15-18 cm long. Spikes to 30 cm long, densely tomentose, distantly flowered fascicles at nodes on long peduncle. Female flowers sessile; bracts 4 mm long, ovate; tepals 2 x 1 mm, oblong, acute, hairy. Capsule 25 x 15 mm, oblong, tomentose. Male flowers not seen.

Flowering and fruiting: July-December
Semi-evergreen, moist and dry deciduous forests
India and Sri Lanka

Dioscorea for id 181010MK2 : Attachments (3). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Kindly help to id this Dioscorea sp. I have not observed its tubers.


12-09-2010 / 03:00 PM

Location- Place, Altitude, GP

ca.400asl; Dindigul dist; TN

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-


Plant Habit-



Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-

ca.10 X 8cm;

Inflorescence Type/ Size-

10-15cm long

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-

0.3cm across;

This is Dioscorea tomentosa.

Climber for ID Pakkamalei, Tamil Nadu NAW-OCT-26 :  5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4).
Kindly identify this pale green climber photographed in the Pakkamalai Reserve Forest, Tamil Nadu in September 2014.
Pale green leaves with white hair, branches and inflorescence white.

It seems Cocculus hirsutus (L.) W.Theob.

Dioscorea tomentosa, perhaps.

Another photograph with leaves having 3 leaflets – points to … identification as Dioscorea tomentosa. Attachments(1).

Yes I understood


ARJUL64 Thorny climber for ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).

Found atop the hill
July 2014

Dioscorea sp

Is it Dioscorea sp. ?

Agree with …

Dioscorea hispida

I find leaf venation to be different from images and references at Dioscorea hispida
Do you mean to say Dioscorea tomentosa J.König ex Spreng., to which it may be close.

I am not sure with these images. Both twine to the left and immature leaves are different.