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Dioscorea esculenta var. spinosa (Roxb. ex Wall.) R. Knuth


Description from Flora of China

Dioscorea aculeata Linnaeus var. spinosa Roxburgh ex Prain & Burkill, J. Proc. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 10: 20. 1914.

Plants with thorny roots protecting crown of rootstock.

Wu Zhengyi (editor’s note) believes that var. spinosa may be the wild form of this long-cultivated species.

Cultivated. Hainan, Taiwan [native to India, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand].


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