OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 5 taxa in the family Dioscoreaceae, Yam family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Cinnamon Vine, Chinese Yam

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Dioscorea polystachya   FAMILY: Dioscoreaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) PLANTS National Database: Dioscorea oppositifolia   FAMILY: Dioscoreaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Dioscorea batatas 043-01-001   FAMILY: Dioscoreaceae

 

Habitat: Thickets, disturbed areas, bottomland forests

Common in Mountains & Carolina Piedmont, rare in GA Coastal Plain (uncommon elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)

Non-native: China

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Common Wild Yam, Streamhead Yam, Yellow Yam

Weakley's Flora: (4/14/23) Dioscorea villosa   FAMILY: Dioscoreaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Dioscorea villosa   FAMILY: Dioscoreaceae

INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Dioscorea villosa var. villosa 043-01-002ab   FAMILY: Dioscoreaceae

 

Habitat: Moist forests and woodlands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Florida Wild Yam

Weakley's Flora: (4/14/23) Dioscorea floridana   FAMILY: Dioscoreaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Dioscorea floridana   FAMILY: Dioscoreaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Dioscorea villosa var. floridana 043-01-002c   FAMILY: Dioscoreaceae

 

Habitat: Mesic to dry forests, swampy forests

Uncommon

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Water Yam, White Yam, Great Yam, Winged Yam

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Dioscorea alata   FAMILY: Dioscoreaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Dioscorea alata   FAMILY: Dioscoreaceae

 

Habitat: Disturbed areas, in moist soils

Rare in GA

Non-native: southeast Asia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Air Yam, Air Potato

Weakley's Flora: (4/24/22) Dioscorea bulbifera   FAMILY: Dioscoreaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Dioscorea bulbifera   FAMILY: Dioscoreaceae

 

Habitat: Disturbed forests, thickets, and banks

Rare or waif(s)

Non-native: Africa & Asia

 


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