Dioscorea elephantipes (L'Hér.) Engl. (aka Testudinaria elephantipes)

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Distribution:  South Africa

Description:  The woody-brown caudex (up to 1 m in diameter) looks as if it is segmented into geometric patterns (smaller plants look like tortoises - to me anyway).  The purple-green twining stems(up to 1-2 m long) have green triangular  leaves.

Flower: Yellow flowers.
Propagation:  Seeds and cuttings.

Cultivation:  The following cultivation tips are for Kleinzee, NCape, ZA.   Under UV deck (UV protected clear greenhouse plastic), regular water in autumn, winter & early spring.

Common names: Elelphants foot.

Photographer:  Detlef  Schnabel of SA Seeds -  German Seed Source

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