RE: Off topic question, Dioscorea sp.!
- Subject: RE: Off topic question, Dioscorea sp.!
- From: "Harry Witmore" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 19:14:04 -0600 (CST)
been looking for sources of this genus. If anyone knows where one can get them
please let me know. I have a species that occurs here either naturally or
introduced but I'm not sure what species it is. It produces leaves about 2"
across and tubers about the size of a nickel. I in zone 7 North
Cloud Jungle Art
Hi Julius, according to our mutual friend
John B. the dioscorea in abundance here is considered a famine food. The
instability of the starch renders it virtually useless. He hopes to
elaborate on this with you when you come over, soon? We are also
not certain of it's species name. Bulbifera is a popular horticultural
name only. It's cousin D. zanzibarense makes a lovely addition to any
garden , as you probably know, and makes a better food. Our D.
bulbifera tubers can get to be near basketball size. As an aside we also
have D. elaphantissimum who produces no aerial tubers. The female
produces an intrersting flower and many seeds. They prefere high well
drained soil, as around the base of a pine. Can you use some of
them? Best regards Joe