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Dioscorea elephantipes - Hottentot Bread - Curious Succulent - 5 Seeds

Dioscorea elephantipes - Hottentot Bread - Curious Succulent - 5 Seeds


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Curious Hottentot Bread - Fresh Seeds


Hottentot Bread - Dioscorea elephantipes

This is a listing for a packet of 5 seeds of this very unusual South African species.

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.

Growing Instructions

I always sell seeds that I have experience of growing so the instructions provided represent 1st hand experience. These instructions may change over the course of time (as I find out more about the plants and seeds) but the details that you will be provided with, at purchase, represent the latest version. If you have any questions concerning the culture requirements of this or any other item I am selling please contact me: I will be happy to provide extra details you require.

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Due to the varying weights of the seeds it is not possible to apply a standard discount without overcharging for the majority of cases.  Additionally I cannot apply a postal discount unless PayPal payments are combined.

General Disclaimer

All seeds sold are fresh and are stored in conditions suitable to promote the viability of that particular type of  seed.  All plants are guaranteed to be free from disease when supplied. 

Germinating seeds and growing plants are subject to many other factors including the conditions under which they are raised (including but not limited to: Light, moisture, soil, humidity) and the skill of the individual grower.  As the vendor, such  factors are completely outside of my control and all seeds and plants are supplied on this basis.


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Variety Dioscorea
Type Seeds
Sub-Type Cacti/ Succulents

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