Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Dioscoreaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Eastern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Dioscorea oppositifolia L.

Leaf arrangement

Sub-opposite

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Ovate, Sub-orbicular

Leaf Apex

Obtuse

Leaf Base

Obtuse

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : A twining vine.

Habitat and Distribution : On thickets, inside forests etc.  Less in the plains (scrub jungle) from the coast. Hills (300)750 to 1200(1500m). Distributed across Peninsular India.

Indigenous Information : The tubers have more fibre content, eating it reduces hunger.

Field Tips : Leaves yellowing by December, when tuber is mature. New shoots by July with red leaves.

 

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Names:


Irula : Rhea Kilangu
Tamil : Verrolaivalli, Malayan kizhangukkodi, Kavvala kodi, Thavai kachchu


Flower:

In panicled spikes, white. Flowering from January-March and July-September.

Fruit :

A capsule, obovoid with 3 golden yellow wings. Fruiting from March-May.

All from Dioscoreaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Eastern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)