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Re: Off topic question, Dioscorea sp.!

  • Subject: Re: Off topic question, Dioscorea sp.!
  • From: "Derek Burch" <derek@horticulturist.com>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 22:17:45 -0600 (CST)

Joe, I think that Dioscorea bulbifera is a good name published by Linnaeus - and is the name most often applied to our little monster (no wings on the stem, aerial tubers and undeground tubers that are often somewhat paired and with coarse fibrous roots all over them). "Coarse" was a carefully chosen word in this instance, as you will know if you have dug one of the hairy devil's up. What a believer in the doctrine of signatures would use them for is clear, but just how boggles the imagination. 
This plant, by the way, is one of the two or three that the Exotic Pest Plant Council managed to get right  by including it on their list. Derek

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