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Dioscorea sylvatica

24th October 2015

The Forest Elephants Foot is a summer growing species from East and Southern Africa. Given some moisture it will continue to grow more or less throughout the year. I have grown it a couple of times, my first was with me for about ten years before a particularly severe winter killed it. I have just been given this one, raised from seed produced by a friends plant which is curious because they are supposed to be dioecious and he only had one.
As young plants they have smooth, almost conical caudices becoming wrinkled and then fissured as they age.