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Dioscorea villosa

Wild Yam

Scientific Name:

Dioscorea villosa

Genus:

Dioscorea

Species Epithet:

villosa

Common Name:

Wild Yam

Plant Type

Herbaceous_Vine

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Dioscoreaceae (Yam Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Yellow, Green

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist forests and woodlands. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure, G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Interesting fruit pods. Dioecious. There may be some taxonomic changes coming soon.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/dioscorea-villosa/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/dioscorea/villosa/



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