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Dioscorea alata


This was planted in my yard by my maid who discovered a small tuber she grew into a vine with heart shaped leaves and soon tiny, paired grape- like round structures developed from thin stems...these grew into irregular lumpy looking things which my maid says are edible.


Replanted in my yard.


Apparently there will be a yam under the ground which maybe harvested after the plant dies. I do not think this is a cultivated variety; I have never seen this being sold or eaten although I understand both the bulbils and the yam are edible. After a year the leaves started dying and the underground tuber (second photo) was dug out. It was encrusted in mud and was soaked in water and scrubbed before being photographed.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Nov 8, 2020
Submitted on Nov 8, 2020

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