1. Family: Dioscoreaceae R.Br.
    1. Genus: Dioscorea Plum. ex L.
      1. Dioscorea communis (L.) Caddick & Wilkin

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Macaronesia, W. Europe to Medit. and Iran.



    Native to:

    Albania, Algeria, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Is., Corse, Cyprus, East Aegean Is., France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kriti, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Madeira, Morocco, North Caucasus, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Sardegna, Sicilia, Spain, Switzerland, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Yugoslavia

    Introduced into:

    Ireland, New Zealand North

    Dioscorea communis (L.) Caddick & Wilkin appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Summerhayes, V.S. [1427], United Kingdom K001141063
    Summerhayes, V.S. [1426], United Kingdom K001141064
    Sandwith, N.Y. [5416], Spain K001141095
    Sandwith, N.Y. [2382], Libya K001141259
    Bullock, A.A. [631], United Kingdom K001141042
    Bullock, A.A. [631], United Kingdom K001141043
    Bullock, A.A. [631], United Kingdom K001141044
    Hubbard, C.E. [11137], United Kingdom K001140953
    Hubbard, C.E. [9871], United Kingdom K001140980
    Hubbard, C.E. [82], United Kingdom K001141037
    Meikle, R.D. [2147], Cyprus K001141195
    Hepper, F.N. [8986], France K001141068
    Ballard, F. [1013], United Kingdom K001140949
    Ballard, F. [1013], United Kingdom K001140954
    Sprague, T.A. [82], United Kingdom K001141056
    Jackson, A.K. [213], Croatia K001141105
    Marquand, C.V.B. [8960], Spain K001141094
    Lowne, B.T. [s.n.], Syria K001141203
    Alston, A.H.G. [1106], Greece K001141124
    Davis, P.H. [5409], Lebanon K001141204
    Davis, P.H. [5409], Lebanon K001141205
    Davis, P.H. [5194], Lebanon K001141206
    Davis, P.H. [4353], Palestinian Territory, Occupied K001141208
    Syngrassides, A. [739], Cyprus K001141194
    Syngrassides, A. [1365], Cyprus K001141201
    Kennedy, E.W. [125], Cyprus K001141187
    Kennedy, E.W. [124], Cyprus K001141188
    Hill, A.W. [s.n.] K001141030
    Hill, A.W. [2408], Macedonia K001141122
    Brummitt, R.K. [5132], Italy K001141087
    Brummitt, R.K. [5132], Italy K001141091
    Brummitt, R.K. [6410], Greece K001141103
    Casey, E.C. [498], Cyprus K001141200
    Hewer, T.F. [4620], Cyprus K001141202
    Hewer, T.F. [H 4028], Iran K001141242
    Hewer, T.F. [H 4028], Iran K001141243
    Fay, J.M. [1006], Tunisia K001141256
    Worsdell, W.C. [688/1], United Kingdom K001140991
    Worsdell, W.C. [688/1], United Kingdom K001140994
    Verdcourt, B. [4972], United Kingdom K001140965
    Verdcourt, B. [4434], France K001141070
    Bramwell, D. [92], Morocco K001141265
    Brenan, J.P.M. [2455] K001140936
    Brenan, J.P.M. [2455] K001140937
    Stainton, J.D.A. [7414], Greece K001141123
    Lindsay, N. [798], Iran K001141240
    Sandwith, C.I. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141052
    Bourgeau, E. [656], Spain K000204943
    Chase, M.W. [536 K [?]], United Kingdom K001140984
    Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140982
    Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141049
    Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141051
    Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141055
    Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141060
    Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141061
    Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141062
    Merton, L.F.H. [3092], Cyprus K001141199
    Fischer [s.n.] K001141173
    Al-Kaisi [46108], Iraq K001141235
    Al-Kaisi [45349], Iraq K001141238
    Omar, S. [37021] K001141217
    Omar, S. [37641], Iraq K001141221
    Omar, S. [38333], Iraq K001141224
    Omar, S. [37358], Iraq K001141226
    Omar, S. [49480], Iraq K001141230
    Thamer [47882], Iraq K001141237
    Salisbury, E.J. [s.n.] K001140999
    Prior, A. [s.n.] K000204942
    Jongkind, C.C.H. [6014], Spain K001141097
    Willkomm, H.M. [848], Spain K001141098
    Bonnet, E. [s.n.], France K001141072
    Bonnet, E. [s.n.], France K001141084
    Bonnet, E. [s.n.], France K001141086
    Lawrence, T. [3/1], United Kingdom K001141005
    Gamble, J.S. [26141.2], United Kingdom K001140940
    Gamble, J.S. [20080], United Kingdom K001140945
    Gamble, J.S. [19441], United Kingdom K001140946
    Gamble, J.S. [30607], United Kingdom K001141039
    Gamble, J.S. [28635] K001141041
    Gamble, J.S. [s.n.], France K001141076
    Chapman, E.G. [235], Cyprus K001141197
    Steiner, M.E. [1207], Hungary K001141017
    Steiner, M.E. [1207], Hungary K001141018
    Haradjian, M. [933], Cyprus K001141192
    Haradjian, M. [863], Cyprus K001141196
    Atchley, S.C. [1132], Greece K001141113
    Atchley, S.C. [s.n.], Greece K001141115
    Atchley, S.C. [378], Greece K001141116
    Pampanini, R. [1628] K001141258
    Tedd, H.G. [1999] K001141118
    Tedd, H.G. [1937] K001141119
    Tedd, H.G. [581] K001141120
    Tedd, H.G. [1937] K001141121
    Porta, P. [s.n.], Greece K001141074
    Rigo, G. [s.n.] K001141090
    Sintenis, P.E.E. [1071], Cyprus K001141193
    Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140950
    Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140951
    Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140952
    Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140961
    Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140962
    Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140963
    Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140972
    Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140973
    Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140974
    Adamovic, L. [s.n.] K001141022
    Borza, A. [377], Romania K001141023
    Strobl, P.G. [s.n.] K001141011
    Tengwall, T.A. [221] K001141184
    Hayne, W.A. [s.n] K001141211
    Helbaek, H. [1902], Iraq K001141216
    Meyers, F.S. [B 4331], Palestinian Territory, Occupied K001141207
    Meyers, F.S. [B 6756], Israel K001141209
    Meyers, F.S. [G 756], Israel K001141210
    Meyers, F.S. [6756], Israel K001141213
    Crisp, P. [149], Iran K001141244
    Dudley [D 34857], Turkey K001141179
    Clapham, A.R. [6972], United Kingdom K001140938
    Marshall, A.R. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140939
    Milne-Redhead, E.W.B.H. [5286], United Kingdom K001140955
    Szovits, J.N. [s.n.] K001141169
    Huter, R. [s.n.] K001141010
    Clarke, C.B. [49847B] K001141038
    Clarke, C.B. [49846] K001141054
    Kotschy, C.G.T. [493], Turkey K001141182
    Kotschy, C.G.T. [115], Cyprus K001141189
    Kotschy, C.G.T. [493] K001141257
    Robinson, E. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141034
    Robinson, E. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141036
    Schneider, C.K. [140], Bulgaria K001141109
    Thurston, E. [s.n.] K001141046
    Thurston, E. [s.n.] K001141047
    Thurston, E. [s.n.] K001141048
    Meebold, A.K. [s.n.] K001141028
    s.coll [s.n.] K001140943
    s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140944
    s.coll [H.1528 1935], United Kingdom K001140947
    s.coll [H.1528 1935], United Kingdom K001140948
    s.coll [s.n.] K001140956
    s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140957
    s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140958
    s.coll [s.n.] K001140964
    s.coll [s.n.] K001140966
    s.coll [s.n.] K001140967
    s.coll [s.n.] K001140976
    s.coll [S1028] K001140977
    s.coll [s.n.] K001140979
    s.coll [s.n.] K001140981
    s.coll [s.n.] K001140985
    s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140986
    s.coll [951], United Kingdom K001140990
    s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140995
    s.coll [s.n.] K001140996
    s.coll [s.n.] K001140997
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141001
    s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141002
    s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141003
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141008
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141012
    s.coll [s.n.], Morocco K001141013
    s.coll [s.n.], Hungary K001141019
    s.coll [s.n.], Hungary K001141020
    s.coll [246], United Kingdom K001141029
    s.coll [246], United Kingdom K001141032
    s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141035
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141045
    s.coll [41], United Kingdom K001141050
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141059
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141067
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141069
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141073
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141077
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141078
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141079
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141081
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141083
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141088
    s.coll [2638], United Kingdom K001141092
    s.coll [123], Spain K001141100
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141101
    s.coll [183], Portugal K001141102
    s.coll [s.n.], Croatia K001141104
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141106
    s.coll [99] K001141108
    s.coll [1158], Bulgaria K001141112
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141114
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141117
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141170
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141171
    s.coll [s.n.] K001141172
    s.coll [D 32455], Turkey K001141174
    s.coll [D 28823], Turkey K001141175
    s.coll [D 29970A], Turkey K001141176
    s.coll [25472], Turkey K001141177
    s.coll [43054], Turkey K001141178
    s.coll [43217], Turkey K001141180
    s.coll [D 26609], Turkey K001141181
    s.coll [61] K001141183
    s.coll [19815], Turkey K001141185
    s.coll [D 38553], Turkey K001141186
    s.coll [665], Cyprus K001141190
    s.coll [781], Cyprus K001141198
    s.coll [B 2756], Palestinian Territory, Occupied K001141212
    s.coll [26065], Iraq K001141219
    s.coll [2771], Iraq K001141222
    s.coll [7899] K001141227
    s.coll [8186] K001141229
    s.coll [3688], Iraq K001141231
    s.coll [2556], Iran K001141241
    s.coll [279], Morocco K001141260
    s.coll [231], Morocco K001141261
    s.coll [s.n.], Morocco K001141262
    Marsden-Jones, E.M. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141031
    Barkley, E.D. [139], Iraq K001141234
    Lascelles, A.G. [s.n.], Cyprus K001141191
    Sendtner, O. [150], Bosnia & Herzegovina K001141107
    Mann, R.J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140970
    Gregor, A.G. [s.n.] K001140983
    Vine, R.S. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140969
    Faurie, A. [s.n.], Algeria K001141264
    Last, G.V.C. [688/1], United Kingdom K001140988
    Last, G.V.C. [688/1], United Kingdom K001140989
    Last, G.V.C. [688/1], United Kingdom K001141065
    Goddard, H.J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141000
    Christenhusz, M.J.M. [177], France K001141085
    Little, J.E. [s.n.] K001141004
    Cunnell, G.J. [204], United Kingdom K001141007
    Darwall, L. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140992
    Waterfall, C. [2381], United Kingdom K001140987
    Müller [s.n.] K001141089
    Fernández Casas, F.J. [472] K001141096
    Wisniewski, T. [1467], Bulgaria K001141110
    Wisniewski, T. [s.n.], Bulgaria K001141111
    Atha, D.E. [4482], Georgia K001141239
    Sahira [37558], Iraq K001141223
    Allard, E.J. [s.n.] K001140968
    Pearce, S.A. [s.n.] K001140960
    Rawlings, S. [1849 [?]], United Kingdom K001140959
    Lewis, P. [44], United Kingdom K001140993
    Billups, C.R. [1489], United Kingdom K001140978
    Black, A.A. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140998
    Wright, C.H. [112], United Kingdom K001141053
    Wright, C.H. [183], United Kingdom K001141057
    Wright, C.H. [112], United Kingdom K001141058
    Crawley, M.J. [MJC 289], United Kingdom K001141066
    Herb Gregor, A.G. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140941
    Herb Gregor, A.G. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140942
    Saville, D. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140971
    Hosking, A.J. [s.n.] K001140975
    P.I.I.O.B. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141006
    Herb Helveticum [s.n.] K001141009
    Herb Porta, P. [s.n.], Austria K001141014
    Herb Porta, P. [s.n.], Austria K001141016
    Hepperger, C. v. [s.n.], Austria K001141015
    Kummerle [s.n.], Hungary K001141021
    Lambert, V. [s.n.], Belgium K001141024
    Martinis, A. [234], Belgium K001141025
    Ruyver, F. de [s.n.], Belgium K001141026
    Clark, D.J. [36], United Kingdom K001141027
    Jeffers, R.H. [688], Russian Federation K001141033
    Matcalfe, E. [s.n.] K001141040
    Delacour, T.A. [s.n.] K001141071
    Herb Borrel, J.M. [[3516]] K001141075
    Freyer, H. [1511] K001141080
    Lenormand, R. [933], France K001141082
    Herb Cuatrecasas [s.n.], Spain K001141093
    Edmond, M.E. [303], Spain K001141099
    Radde, G.F.R.J. von [s.n.] K001141167
    Singer, A. [Taco0301090707], Israel K001141214
    Rawi, A. al [9240 A] K001141215
    Rawi, A. al [8966] K001141218
    Rawi, A. al [28871], Iraq K001141220
    Rawi, A. al [21775], Iraq K001141225
    Rawi, A. al [8510 A] K001141232
    Rawi, A. al [s.n.], Iraq K001141233
    Hussein, H.M. [7728], Iraq K001141228
    Al-Dabbagh [46159], Iraq K001141236
    Ibrahim, M.B. [s.n.], Morocco K001141263
    Nov 8, 2011 Rico, L. [2255], Syria Tamus communis K000764199
    s.coll. [1028], Great Britain Tamus communis K000062161
    unknown [s.n.] Tamus edulis K000099336
    Otto Kuntze [s.n.] Tamus edulis K000099335
    Kuntze, O. [s.n.] Tamus edulis K000099337
    s.coll. [504], Madeira Tamus edulis K000099334 Unknown type material
    s.coll. [504], Madeira Tamus edulis K001081657

    First published in Taxon 51: 112 (2002)

    Accepted by

    • Dimopoulos, P., Raus, T., Bergmeier, E., Constantinidis, T., Iatrou, G., Kokkini, S., Strid, A., & Tzanoudakis, D. (2013). Vascular plants of Greece. An annotated checklist: 1-372. Botanic gardens and botanical museum Berlin-Dahlem, Berlin and Hellenic botanical society, Athens.
    • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
    • Govaerts, R., Wilkin, P. & Saunders, R.M.K. (2007). World Checklist of Dioscoreales. Yams and their allies: 1-65. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (2004). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-54382. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


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