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Dioscorea sylvatica - Weird Elephants Foot Plant

Dioscorea sylvatica - Weird Elephants Foot Plant


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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 tuberous rootstock, said to resemble an elephants foot, giving rise to its common name. 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 plantsThe seeds that follow are contained in an inflated seed pod.This species is fast becoming the most important commercially due to the high content of cortisone in it's root and is fortunately replacing the less common species in this respect 

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