Dioscorea abyssinica

Dioscorea, possibly D. abyssinica by Michael Plagens

Forest edge habitat, Tugen Hills, Baringo Co., Kenya. Dec. 2015.

LEAVES: Like monocots in general, the leaf veins are parallel. The heart-shaped leaves are rather thick and leathery.

VINE: A scrambling woody vine; stems reaching several meters in length.

FLOWERS: The white to cream colored flowers have six tepals.



ARMED: Sharp thorns on the stems serve to make impenetrable briers.

Diascoreaceae -- Yam Family

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Kenya Natural History

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