Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Dioscorea bulbifera L. var. bulbifera
Prain, D. & Burkill, I.H. (1914) Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal n. ser. 10 : 26.
Aerial Jam; Jam, Aerial; Air Potatoe; Yam, Round; Potatoe, Air; Round Yam; Cheeky Yam; Yam, Cheeky
A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm.
Inflorescence up to 37 cm long. Male flowers: Flowers small, about 3-4 mm diam., each flower subtended by 2 green leafy bracts, one about 2 mm long, the other narrower and 1 mm long. Sepals about 3 mm long. Petals about 3 mm long. Stamens 6, anthers white. Female flowers: Flowers about 4 mm long. Staminodes 6. Stigma 3-lobed.
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Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and south to south eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 800 m. Grows in open forest, wet sclerophyll forests, vine thicket and rain forest. Also found in Africa, Asia, Malesia and the Pacific islands.
This species may be poisonous. Austin, D. F. (1998). Poisonous Plants of Southern Florida.
This species may have medicinal properties as well as being poisonous.
The leaves and stem of this species are regarded as a contraceptive. Cribb (1981).