Dioscorea elephantipes - Curious Hottentot Bread
A relative of the Yam, this plant has a unusual thickened tuberous rootstock, said to resemble an elephants foot, giving rise to another of the plants common names. 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. The plant has male and female flowers on separate plants The seeds that follow are contained in an inflated seed pod. This species and several other of this genus are important sources for medicinal compounds including cortisone and progesterone. Makes a wonderful, neglect tolerant houseplant suitable for growing indoors or in a greenhouse/conservatory.
Dioscorea elephantipes - Curious Hottentot BreadThis listing is for a pack of 5 seeds of this very unusual South African species.
Full growing instructions can be found at this link.