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Dioscorea belophylla Voigt ex Haines, For. Fl. Chota Nagpur. 530. 1910. Prain & Burkill in Ann. Roy. Bot. Gard. Calcutta, 14 (2) :348. 1938; Parker, l.c. 515.

Dioscorea belophylla

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

  • Dioscorea glabra auct. non Roxb.: Hook. f.

    Tubers small, sub-fusiform. Stems glabrous, twining anticlockwise. Leaves usually opposite, simple, 7.5-13 cm. long, 2-9 cm broad, variable, ovate, cordate or hastate with round basal lobes or deltoid, entire, acuminate, glabrous 9-nerved; petiole 6.5 cm long. Male spikes 2.5-4 cm long, 1-2 together in the axils or sometimes forming leafless panicles; stamens 6, all antheriferous. Female spikes 5.5-12 cm long, solitary or 2 together, axillary. Capsule 2 cm long, 3 cm broad, obovate with a retuse apex or obcordate.

    Fl. Per.: September-October.

    Type: Described from Indo-Pakistan subcontinent.

    Distribution: India and Pakistan.

    Commonly found in the foothills, ascending to c. 1400 m. The tubers are prized for culinary purposes and sold in bazaars under the name of “Turar”.


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