Dioscorea rotundata

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Dioscorea rotundata
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White yam
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Dioscoreales
Family: Dioscoreaceae
Genus: Dioscorea
Species: D. rotundata
Binomial name
Dioscorea rotundata
Poir.

Dioscorea rotundata, the "white yam", is a species of yam native to Africa. It is one of the most important cultivated yams, along with the Dioscorea cayenensis. It is sometimes known as the "Guinea Yam".[1]

Distribution[edit]

Dioscorea rotundata is grown in West Africa, including countries such as Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ USDA PLANTS profile for Dioscorea rotundata
  2. ^ Biodiversity and domestication of yams in West Africa: Traditional practices leading to Dioscorea rotundata Poir. Roland Dumont et al. 2005, CIRAD-IPGRI