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Habitat and Location:

Dioscorea bulbifera is a species from Africa and Asia and is introduced in the Americas. This species is a vine climbing high to the tops of trees. It can also grow incredibly fast in the right conditions, up to 20 cm a day. In Florida, the plant has become so invasive in places that biological control has been implemented.


Plant Description:

Dioscorea bulbifera, commonly known as the Air Yam, is a vining perennial plant renowned for its unusual aerial bulbils. It is cultivated in west Africa for these bulbils. This yam species features heart-shaped leaves and produces bulbils along its stems, giving it the "air" in its name. The bulbils, resembling small potatoes, can be detached and planted to propagate the plant. With its climbing habit and unique reproductive strategy, the Air Yam adds an intriguing touch to botanical landscapes, the plant has been recorded growing to 60 feet long.


Dioscorea bulbifera bulbils are used in the treatment of Piles, dysentery, syphilis, ulcers, cough, leprosy, diabetes, asthma, and cancer. It is a raw material for contraceptives, and it is one of the most consumed yam species especially in West Africa.





Plant Size: 20-50 cm long.

Family: Dioscoreaceae

Plant Passport: A Dioscorea bulbifera B 140084 c 12442 d GB

Dioscorea bulbifera

SKU: Dioscorea bulbifera

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