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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to Eritrea.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FWTA]

Dioscoreaceae, J. Miège. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:1. 1968

Morphology General Habit
Non-spiny climber 6-12 ft. high
Vegetative Multiplication Tubers
Deep seated tubers.

Native to:

Benin, Burkina, Central African Repu, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan

Dioscorea abyssinica Hochst. ex Kunth appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Schweinfurth, G. [587], Sudan K000098419
Schimper [1720] K000098420 Unknown type material
Batten-Poole, W.H. [290], Nigeria K000809771
Ebba, J. [586], Ethiopia K000809775
Ash, J. [3091], Ethiopia K001146633
Ebba, J. [s.n.], Ethiopia K000809937
Baquar, S.R. [169], Nigeria K001150756
Tadesse, M. [2317], Ethiopia K000809776
s.coll [s.n.] K001146638
Mogk [289], Ethiopia K000809938
Friis, I. [13388], Ethiopia K001146636
Gilbert, M.G. [2973], Ethiopia K000809935
Ebba, J. [585], Ethiopia K001146631
Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. [8395], Cameroon K001146421
Meyer, F.G. [8115], Ethiopia K000809932
Baquar, S.R. [166] K001145710
Schweinfurth, G.A. [588], Sudan K001146634
s.coll [46251] K000759334
Ash, J. [3091], Ethiopia K001146632
Audry, P. [19], Chad K001146419
Mogk, M. [289], Ethiopia K000809939
Friis, I. [3923], Ethiopia K000809778
s.coll [375], Nigeria K000809772
Gilbert, M.G. [742], Ethiopia K000809934
Friis, I. [13387], Ethiopia K001146637
Pichi-Sermolli, R. [1774] K000809774
Friis, I. [13396], Ethiopia K001146635
Baldwin, J.T.Jr. [9351], Liberia K000809773
Dalziel, J.M. [255], Nigeria K001145705
Carvalho [4115], Equatorial Guinea K001145074
Irvine, F.R. [1440], Ghana K001145709
Schweinfurth, G.A. [2032], Sudan K001146630
Ebba, J. [610], Ethiopia K000809936
Dalziel, J.M. [671], Nigeria K001145707
Friis, I. [9139], Ethiopia K000809779
Puff, C. [820813-4/9], Ethiopia K000809777
Meyer, F.G. [8910], Ethiopia K000809931
Irvine, F.R. [1440], Ghana K001145708
Gérard, P. [1437], Congo, DRC K001146420
Brown [769], Sudan K001146629
Batten-Poole, W.H. [287], Nigeria K001145706

First published in Enum. Pl. 5: 387 (1850)

Accepted by

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Demissew, S. & Nordal, I. (2010). Aloes and other Lilies of Ethiopia and Eritrea, ed, 2: 1-351. Shama Books, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.
  • Govaerts, R., Wilkin, P. & Saunders, R.M.K. (2007). World Checklist of Dioscoreales. Yams and their allies: 1-65. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.
  • Velayos, M. & al. (eds.) (2018). Flora de Guinea Ecuatorial 10: 1-491. Consejo superior de investigaciones científicas, Real jardín botánico, Madrid.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Burkill in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux. 15: 382 (1939)
  • Enum. Pl. 5: 387 (1850)
  • F.T.A. 7: 418
  • Knuth in Engl., Pflanzenr. Dioscoreac. 4, 43: 294 (1924)

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(2): 1-94. ORSTOM, Bangui.
  • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.
  • Velayos, M. & al. (eds.) (2018). Flora de Guinea Ecuatorial 10: 1-491. Consejo superior de investigaciones científicas, Real jardín botánico, Madrid.

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