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Dioscorea hemicrypta - Weird Wild Yam

Dioscorea hemicrypta - Weird Wild Yam

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Packet of 5 seeds of this very unusual South African species.

A close relative of the Yam, this plant has a unusual thickened, edible, tuberous rootstock, which grows partially above the ground in this particular species. Specimens as old as 500 years have been reported. The vines are annual, scrambling up to 6 metres in a season. Although not hardy, once the vine has died back the pot can be stored in any frost free space (with or without light) until growth starts out the next season.The rootstock can get immense with age, especially in cultivation where it is protected from predation from both pests and grazing animals.Primarily grown for its attractive heart shaped foliage that are borne on long vine-like stems and its curious rootstock. The plant has male and female flowers on separate plants. The seeds that follow are contained in an inflated seed pod. Quick from seed, it will soon make an attractive specimen. 

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