genus Dioscorea

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Noun1.genus Dioscorea - yams
plant genus - a genus of plants
yam plant, yam - any of a number of tropical vines of the genus Dioscorea many having edible tuberous roots
Dioscorea elephantipes, elephant's-foot, Hottentot bread vine, Hottentot's bread vine, tortoise plant - South African vine having a massive rootstock covered with deeply fissured bark
Dioscorea paniculata, wild yam - having a rhizome formerly dried and used to treat rheumatism or liver disorders
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These traits were selected from a list developed by the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), located in Ibadan, Nigeria, which includes morphological descriptors for various economically important species of the genus Dioscorea, except D.
Yams are tropical-vine tuber crops of the genus Dioscorea which are popular in Africa, the West Indies, and parts of Asia, South and Central America [1].
Yams belong to the family Dioscoreaceae and are members of the genus Dioscorea, which produce tubers and bulbils that are economically important [3].