EPPO Global Database

Dioscorea alata(DIUAL)

Code created in: 2002-02-17

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: DIUAL
  • Preferred name: Dioscorea alata
  • Authority: Linnaeus


Himalayas, India, Bangladesh, Indochina, Malesia, New Guinea. Cultivated as a tuber crop. Introduced in China (including Taiwan), Sénégal to Benin, Tchad and Ethiopia to Angola and Mozambique, Madagascar, USA, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, South America (northwest, central Brazil), Australia (Northern, Queensland)

WSSA list of weeds in North America

Common names
Name Language
Asiatic yam English
greater yam English
Guyana arrowroot English
Lisbon yam English
water yam English
white yam English
winged yam English
Flügelyam German
Wasseryam German
grande igname French
igname ailée French
cabeza de negro Spanish (BO)
cara Spanish
name asiatico Spanish (VE)
name de agua Spanish
tabena Spanish
witte yamswortel Dutch
batata-coração Portuguese
cara-inhama Portuguese (BR)
inhame-da-Índia Portuguese
inhame-de-São-Tomé Portuguese
inhame-uvi Portuguese
shēn shǔ Chinese
参薯 Chinese