Dioscorea sp Borneo (narrow leaf)

Dioscorea sp Borneo (narrow leaf) (ined.) is a perennial climbing plant producing annual stems from a perennial rootstock. These stems scramble over the ground, or twine into the surrounding vegetation

This is an an undescribed Dioscorea species from North Borneo with very long, slender leaf blades of dark green colour with silver sheen to them.


The genus name Dioscorea is named after a Greek naturalist (botanist, pharmacologist, and briefly, Emperor Nero’s personal physician) of the first century, Πεδάνιος Διοσκουρίδης (Pedánios Dioskourídēs, “Dioscorides”)

Dioscorea sp Borneo (narrow leaf)

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  • Name: Dioscorea sp Borneo (narrow leaf) (ined.)
    Type: herbaceous perennial
    Form:  Climbing tuber geophyte
    Family: Dioscoreaceae
    Native Range: North Borneo
    Zone: 12-13
    Habitat: damp rainforest areas, shade
    Height: up to 200cm
    Spread: 30cm
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers: none recorded, sp. not yet described, possibly BM002049934 of Department of Botany at Natural History Museum Collection (named Dioscorea loheri Prain & Burkill - BM001049934, but no name recorded on the document itself, and large differences to D. loheri)

    Synonyms: none recorded, sp. not yet described