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

[FTEA]

Dioscoreaceae, E. Milne-Redhead. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1975

Morphology General Habit
Tuber replaced annually, cylindric, descending vertically, branching at the top (fide Lawton), up to 5 cm. in diameter but often very much less.
Morphology Stem
Twining or scrambling stems up to 8 m. long, densely or sparsely beset with spreading or felted stellate or dendroid hairs, rarely (subsp. orientalis) almost glabrous, glabrescent in age.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves usually opposite, occasionally alternate; petiole up to 5(–9) cm. long; blade ovate-cordate to broadly heart-shaped, acutely acuminate or gradually narrowed to an acute apex, up to 10 cm. long and 9.5 cm. broad, sometimes proportionally wider, more often proportionally narrower, with rather densely scattered stellate hairs beneath, with sparsely scattered stellate hairs and glabrescent above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences descending, spicate or racemose. Male up to 3(–5) per leaf-axil, up to 12(–15) cm. long; flowers subsessile or shortly pedicellate, directed towards apex of inflorescence; perianth erect in flower, less than 2 mm. across; segments oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, glabrous or the 3 outer stellate-pubescent outside, up to 3.5 mm. long. Stamens 3; staminodes 3. Female 2(–3) per leaf-axil, up to 16(–23) cm. long; perianth erect, with apices of the tepals incurved, ± 1 mm. across. Ovary densely stellate-pubescent.
sex Male
Male up to 3(–5) per leaf-axil, up to 12(–15) cm. long; flowers subsessile or shortly pedicellate, directed towards apex of inflorescence; perianth erect in flower, less than 2 mm. across; segments oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, glabrous or the 3 outer stellate-pubescent outside, up to 3.5 mm. long. Stamens 3; staminodes 3.
sex Female
Female 2(–3) per leaf-axil, up to 16(–23) cm. long; perianth erect, with apices of the tepals incurved, ± 1 mm. across. Ovary densely stellate-pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule as in fig. 1/6, p. 4, 2.5–3.5(–4) cm. diameter, glabrescent but remaining stellate-pubescent near the axis, directed upwards.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds (fig. 1/6a) winged all round, up to 2 cm. in diameter.

[FWTA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Pubescent climber 10-20 ft. high
Vegetative Multiplication Bulbils
Or out bulbils and when present the bulbils have white or pinkish flesh
Vegetative Multiplication Tubers
Tubers annual, more or less lobed, considered to be poisonous.

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Dioscorea hirtiflora Benth. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 1, 1997 Trapnell, C.G. [1150], Zambia K000098573
May 1, 1997 Trapnell, C.G. [1150], Zambia K000098574
May 1, 1997 Trapnell, C.G. [1150], Zambia K000098575
May 1, 1997 Trapnell, C.G. [1150], Zambia K000098576
May 1, 1997 Trapnell, C.G. [1150], Zambia K000098577
May 1, 1997 Trapnell, C.G. [1150], Zambia K000098578
Onochie, C. [34944], Nigeria 17205.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [3672A], Zambia 17211.000
Vogel [199] K000098375 holotype
Vogel [199] K000098377 holotype
Schlieben, H.J. [5971], Tanzania K000098442 isotype
Welwitsch, Dr. [4039], Angola K000098579 holotype
Jordan, H.D. [121], Sierra Leone K001145632
Glanville, R.R. [1423], Sierra Leone K001145638
Quigley, F. [64], Ghana K001145650
Chapman, H.M. [70868], Nigeria K001145654
Newberry, R.J. [s.n.], Nigeria K001145666
Thomas, N.W. [1735], Nigeria K001145668
s.coll [29] K001145672
s.coll [5], Nigeria K001145674
Patel, M.B. [45641], Nigeria K001145676
Mullenders, W. [1619], Congo, DRC K001146409
Mullenders, W. [1497], Congo, DRC K001146411
Kirk, J. [s.n.], South Africa K001148131
Gomes e Sousa, A.F. [4192], Mozambique K001148133
Buchanan, J. [1506], Malawi K001148136
Trapnell, C.G. [1314], Zambia K001148175
Trapnell, C.G. [1164] K001148177
Edwards, I.B. [609], Zambia K001148178
Rogers, F.A. [13067], Zambia K001148201
Richards, H.M. [19029], Zambia K001148202
Chase, N.C. [7727], Zimbabwe K001148220
Gilges, W. [651], Zambia K001148221
Pope, G. [1028], Zimbabwe K001148222
Trapnell, C.G. [1393], Zambia K001148214
Glanville, R.R. [1427], Sierra Leone K001145635
Herb Kalenda, T. [51], Congo, DRC K001146412
Adames, P. [470], Liberia K001145640
Angus, A. [3835], Zambia K001148207
Glanville, R.R. [1423], Sierra Leone K001145629
Fanshawe, D.B. [4632], Zambia K001148206
Jones, A.P.D. [6302], Nigeria K001145661
Thomas, N.W. [3963], Sierra Leone K001145622
Raimundo, F. [364], Guinea-Bissau K001145605
Baldwin, J.T.Jr. [9695], French Guiana K001145602
s.coll [4], Zambia K001148213
Wit [463], Nigeria K001145664
Pilz, G.E. [1842], Nigeria K001145670
Deighton, F.C. [6009], Sierra Leone K001145614
Thomas, N.W. [4680], Sierra Leone K001145619
Meikle, R.D. [1424], Nigeria K001145662
Quarré [4832], Congo, DRC K001146408
Morton, J.K. [2474] K001145610
Mullenders, W. [191], Congo, DRC K001146410
Milne-Redhead, E.W.B.H. [410], Zimbabwe K001148216
Kirk [s.n.] K001148129
Fanshawe, D.B. [4247], Zambia K001148210
s.coll [s.n.] K001148130
Adam, I.G. [12534], Guinea K001145604
Fanshawe, D.B. [4247], Zambia K001148212
s.coll [7670] K001145653
Keay, R.W.J. [25424], Nigeria K001145658
Thomas, N.W. [4756], Sierra Leone K001145618
Thomas, N.W. [4489], Sierra Leone K001145613
Trapnell, C.G. [1427], Zambia K001148205
Keay, R.W.J. [25424], Nigeria K001145657
Thomas, N.W. [2275], Sierra Leone K001145626
Okafor, J.C. [47844], Nigeria K001145663
Harley, W.J. [261], Liberia K001145644
Chapman, J.D. [4551], Nigeria K001145656
Cook, C.D.K. [394], Nigeria K001145677
Reekmans, M. [6752], Burundi K001146415
s.coll [95], Cameroon K001146406
Pawek, J. [2609], Malawi K001148135
Thomas, N.W. [2164], Sierra Leone K001145625
Morton, J.K. [A 4054], Ghana K001145651
Deighton, F.C. [4358], Sierra Leone K001145628
Deighton, F.C. [4533], Sierra Leone K001145627
Akpabla, G.K. [877], Ghana K001145649
Thomas, N.W. [3291], Sierra Leone K001145620
Thomas, N.W. [2933], Sierra Leone K001145624
Deighton, F.C. [1339], Sierra Leone K001145633
Pilz, G.E. [1842], Nigeria K001145675
Talbot, D.A. [781], Nigeria K001145671
Raimundo, F. [681], Guinea-Bissau K001145607
Fanshawe, D.B. [4247], Zambia K001148211
Linder, D.H. [1037], Liberia K001145647
Gilliland, H.B. [210], Zimbabwe K001148218
Milne-Redhead, E.W.B.H. [3672], Zambia K001148208
Glanville, R.R. [1428], Sierra Leone K001145636
Harley, W.J. [261], Liberia K001145643
Vollesen, K. [3947], Tanzania K001147265
Drummond, R.B. [7382], Zambia K001148209
Pawek, J. [6420], Malawi K001148137
Thomas, N.W. [2601], Sierra Leone K001145623
s.coll [101], Mozambique K001148132
Chevalier, A.J.B. [18269], Guinea K001145603
Thomas, N.W. [4043], Sierra Leone K001145611
Pereira, J.A. [1466], Guinea-Bissau K001145608
Thomas, N.W. [4913], Sierra Leone K001145617
McClounie, J. [144], Malawi K001148138
Onochie, C.F.A. [34944], Nigeria K001145660
Deighton, F.C. [6009], Sierra Leone K001145615
Glanville, R.R. [1425], Sierra Leone K001145637
Minjas, A.N. [1959], Tanzania K001147264
Warner, R.M. [68], Liberia K001145645
Baldwin, J.T.Jr. [9371], Liberia K001145641
Baldwin, J.T.Jr. [9732], French Guiana K001145601
Dawodu, T.B. [211] K001145667
Thomas, N.W. [4147], Sierra Leone K001145612
Raimundo, F. [983], Guinea-Bissau K001145606
Rensburg, H.J. van [2868a], Zambia K001148179
Thomas, N.W. [3952], Sierra Leone K001145621
Winter, B. de [4361] K001148741
Rogers, F.A. [8251], Zambia K001148180
Brummitt, R.K. [14177], Zambia K001148204
s.coll [F4237], Zambia K001148215
Talbot, D.A. [722], Nigeria K001145669
Trapnell, C.G. [1426], Zambia K001148176
Hiepko, P. [178], Togo K001145652
Thomas, N.W. [4704], Sierra Leone K001145609
Milne-Redhead, E.W.B.H. [410], Zimbabwe K001148217
Morson [s.n.], Sierra Leone K001145631
Talbot, D.A. [724], Nigeria K001145673
Vollesen, K. [3329], Tanzania K001147266
Chase, N.C. [7727], Zimbabwe K001148219
Ogua, P. [7591], Nigeria K001145659
Gomes e Sousa [4192], Mozambique K001148134
Baldwin, J.T.Jr. [13860], Cameroon K001146407
Trapnell, C.G. [1429], Zambia K001148203
Wit, P. [463], Nigeria K001145665
Deighton, F.C. [1347], Sierra Leone K001145630
Deighton, F.C. [2161] K001145634
s.coll [SL 6066] K001145639
Bos, J.J. [2454], Liberia K001145642
s.coll [4043], Sierra Leone K001145678
Baldwin, J.T.Jr. [9343], Liberia K001145648
Barter, C. [s.n.], Nigeria K001145655
Deighton, F.C. [5998], Sierra Leone K001145616
Linder, D.H. [493], Liberia K001145646

First published in W.J.Hooker, Niger Fl.: 537 (1849)

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.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Catarino, L., Martins, E.S., Diniz, M.A. & Pinto-Basto, M.F. (2006). Check-list da flora vascular do parque natural das Lagos de Cufada (Guiné-Bissau) Garcia de Orta, Série de Botânica 17: 97-141.
  • 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.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
  • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.
  • Timberlake, J.R. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2009). Flora Zambesiaca 12(2): 1-208. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Berhaut, Fl. Sén. 154.
  • Burkill in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux. 15: 374 (1939)
  • F.T.A. 7: 416
  • Knuth in Engl., Pflanzenr. Dioscoreac. 4, 43: 380 (1924)
  • Miège, Contrib. Dioscor. 84 (1952)
  • in Fl. Nigrit. 537 (1849)

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.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Catarino, L., Martins, E.S., Diniz, M.A. & Pinto-Basto, M.F. (2006). Check-list da flora vascular do parque natural das Lagos de Cufada (Guiné-Bissau) Garcia de Orta, Série de Botânica 17: 97-141.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
  • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. in Flora of Tropical Africa 7: 416 (1898).
  • Benth. in Hook., Niger Fl.: 537 (1849).
  • Burkill in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 15: 374 (1939).
  • Lawton in Journ. W. Afr. Sci. Ass. 12: 6, t. 4/a (1967).
  • Miège in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 3: 152 (1968).
  • R. Knuth in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV. 43: 307, fig. 57 (1924).

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