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Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2001 8:14
Subject: RE: Off topic question,
me a note off-l---when you say you are looking for sources for this genus, do
you mean papres/literature OR actual plants??
>I have 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 Carolina.<
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