Potato Vine - Knowledgebase Question

Yanceyville, NC
Question by pruittinsura
October 25, 1998
What is the annual vine I had in Florida which climbs 25', has tendrils, shiny grass green heart shaped leaves, insignificant white tassel flowers? The most prominent feature is it produces 3 inch fruit that looks just like brown potatoes along the vine.

Answer from NGA
October 25, 1998


Dioscorea bulbifera is the botanical name of the commonly known 'air potato vine'. It's a plant that grows under tropical conditions, or in a greenhouse in cold-winter areas. The fruit is related to yams and is edible. Hope this information solves the mystery.

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