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Caudiciforms: Dioscoria at the Grocery Store?

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Mountlake Terrace, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 12, 2010
4:50 PM

Post #7787826

I saw a buddy the other day and he told me you can purchase Dioscoria at the Grocery stores and asain markets in Seattle. Now many Dioscoria are commonly known as Yams, but the list is bewildering, sweet potato, Japanese yam, diakon root, and several I could not pronounce. And also the ends were trimmed off, with no green or root tip.

Has anybody worked with bulbs from the store and gotten them to grow?
Mountlake Terrace, WA
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2010
8:00 AM

Post #7789460

going though plant files I found this list

Chinese Wild Yam, Cinnamon Vine
Dioscorea oppositifolia
Synonym:Dioscorea batatas
Synonym:Dioscorea opposita
Synonym:Dioscorea divaricata
Elephant's Foot, Turtleback Plant
Dioscorea macrostachys

Variegated Chinese Wild Yam, Cinnamon Vine
Dioscorea oppositifolia 'Variegata'
Ornamental Yam
Dioscorea discolor
Wild Yam, Colic Root
Dioscorea villosa
Synonym:Dioscorea hirticaulis
Synonym:Dioscorea villosa var. hirticaulis

Purple Yam, Violet Yam, Ube, Ubi
Dioscorea purpurea
Synonym:Dioscorea alata var. purpurea
Air Potato
Dioscorea bulbifera

White Yam, Winged Yam
Dioscorea alata

White Guinea Yam
Dioscorea rotundata

Yellow Guinea Yam
Dioscorea cayennensis

Wild Yam
Dioscorea sylvatica
Testudinaria silvatica

Potato Yam, Chinese Yam, Wild Yam
Dioscorea esculenta

Dioscorea hemicrypta

Elephant's Foot, Turtleback Plant
Dioscorea macrostachys

Zanzibar Yam
Dioscorea sansibarensis

Glutinous Yam, Japanese Yam, Taiwanese Yam
Dioscorea japonica

Fourleaf Yam
Dioscorea quaternata

Dioscorea zanzibarica

Cush-cush, Cushcush, Indian Yam, Yampi
Dioscorea trifida

Native Yam
Dioscorea transversa

Many of which I saw in both DG and Birhmann's caudiciforms. I wonder about getting them when they are getting prepared...before the stem and roots are removed.
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

May 24, 2010
8:08 AM

Post #7822481

Cushcush! Ha! that's in the grocery here,as well as other lumpy and sometimes rough looking roots. They're valuable houseplants???????
Greensburg, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2010
1:34 PM

Post #7830262

I never knew that *LOL*
Mesilla Park, NM

June 16, 2010
12:00 PM

Post #7894084

I think some of them have "eyes" like potatoes and will shoot up a stem if put into water and get roots from the bottom. You can then take cuttings from those.. I saw one person do that with a batata sweet potato and both the blackie and the chartruce colored one, and kept the potatoes in water/container going for a couple of years, that is how she got her starts each year.

Just to let you guys know that I have NOT tried it yet. lol, but, when I read this it sparked my memory about what I had read here on DG somewhere. I am thinking that eventually maybe they will form a caudex, I did have one that did that but can't remember the name of it, it was some kind of Ivy leaf fat plant.

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