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Dioscorea bulbifera is a glabrous-leafed, non-spiny, perennial climbing plant. These stems scramble over the ground, or twine into the surrounding vegetation. The stems twine left-handed and produce aerial axillary bulbils.
- 1 Uses
- 2 Parts Used
- 3 Chemical Composition
- 4 Common names
- 5 Properties
- 6 Habit
- 7 Identification
- 8 List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
- 9 Where to get the saplings
- 10 Mode of Propagation
- 11 Cultivation Details
- 12 Commonly seen growing in areas
- 13 Photo Gallery
- 14 References
- 15 External Links
Dioscorea bulbifera can be used in Food. Underground and aerial tubers are eaten raw, roasted, boiled or cooked as vegetable. Before the use they are washed thoroughly in running water.
|Tamil||Ponnu Kilangu, Kaivalli kodi|
|English||Air potato, Yam|
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
Dioscorea bulbifera Contains the Following nutritional components like - Vitamin-C; Niacin (B3), Ribofl avin, Thiamine (B1); diosgenin, lucein, neoxanthin, auroxanthin and cyrptoxanthin; Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium.
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Flowering from July to October|
|Fruiting from July to October|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
A plant of the moist, lowland tropics. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 20 - 30°c, but can tolerate 12 - 38°c. Dioscorea bulbifera is available through July-March.
Commonly seen growing in areas
- "Forest food for Northern region of Western Ghats" by Dr. Mandar N. Datar and Dr. Anuradha S. Upadhye, Page No.68, Published by Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) Agharkar Research Institute, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road, Pune