PDF | Dioscorea deltoidea is belongs to family Dioscoreaceae which produce rhizomes or bulbils, having rich medicinal and economic value. Dioscorea deltoidea is a perennial climbing plant, producing vigorous annual stems from a large underground tuber. The stems scramble over the ground and . Tubers ligneous, irregular. Stems glabrous, twining clockwise. Leaves alternate, simple, cm long, cm broad, ovate or subdeltoid-ovate, often.

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Tuber – cooked[2, ]. A slightly bitter flavour, it is usually boiled with some wood ash in order to remove the bitterness[]. Some caution is advised. See notes below on other uses of the root and above on toxicity.

Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. The juice of the root tuber istaken in the evening in deltoiea treatment of roundworm[]. It is also used to alleviate constipation[]. The roots of most, if not all, members of this genus, contains diosgenin[, ].

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This is widely used in modern medicine in order to manufacture progesterone and other steroid drugs. These are used as contraceptives and in the treatment of various disorders of the genitary organs as well as in a deltiodea of other diseases such as asthma and arthritis[]. The roots of this species contain an average of 4.

A soap is obtained from the tuber[]. This soap is due to the presence of poisonous saponins in the root[, K]. The soap is also used as a body wash to kill lice[, ]. We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. It is unlikely to succeed in deltoodea but the mildest areas. It is cultivated for its edible root in India[2].


The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Easily grown in a fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position or light shade[]. Prefers a rich light soil[1]. Plants produce tubercles small tubers that are formed in the leaf axils of the stemsand can be propagated by this means[K].

A climbing plant that supports itself by twining around the branches of other plants[].

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Prick out the seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow on in a greenhouse for their first year. Plant out in late spring as the plant comes into new growth.

Basal stem cuttings in the summer[37]. Division in the dormant season, never when in growth[1]. The plant will often produce a number of shoots, the top 5 – 10 cm of the root below each shoot can be potted up to form a new plant whilst the lower part of the root can possibly be eaten[K]. Tubercles baby tubers are formed in the leaf axils.

These are harvested in late summer and early autumn when about the size of a pea and coming away easily from the plant. They should be potted up immediately in individual pots in diozcorea greenhouse or cold frame. Plant out in early summer when in active growth[K]. Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. For a list of references used on this page please go here. This is a QR code short for Quick Response which gives fast-track access to our website pages.

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Plant Growth–A Note on the Vegetative Growth in Dioscorea deltoidea

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dioscora Habitats Forests and humus-rich soils, – metres in Kashmir[]. Broad-leaved forests and scrub forests at elevations of – metres in western China[]. You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. It is in flower from September to October. The species is dioecious individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

The plant is not self-fertile. It can grow in semi-shade light woodland or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

QR Code What’s this? Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can. Please view the copyright link for more information. Edible deltoudea of Dioscorea have opposite leaves whilst poisonous species have alternate leaves[]. Forests and humus-rich soils, – metres in Kashmir[]. Sat Sep 5