Dioscorea ovinala

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Dioscorea ovinala
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Dioscoreales
Family: Dioscoreaceae
Genus: Dioscorea
D. ovinala
Binomial name
Dioscorea ovinala

Dioscorea ovinala is a species of yam in the Dioscoreaceae family. It is endemic to Madagascar[2][3] and grows mostly in dry deciduous forests.[1]


Dioscorea ovinala is important to the Malagasy people as food and medicine. This species is also used as a starch source.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Dioscorea ovinala". www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  2. ^ GBIF. "Dioscorea ovinala Baker - Checklist View". www.gbif.org. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  3. ^ "Tropicos | Name - Dioscorea ovinala Baker". www.tropicos.org. Retrieved 2017-01-23.