EPPO Global Database

Dioscorea bulbifera(DIUBU)

Code created in: 2002-07-19

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: DIUBU
  • Preferred name: Dioscorea bulbifera
  • Authority: Linnaeus


Western Asia, Himalayas, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indochina, Malesia, China, Japan, Korea, Africa (Sénégal to Sudan, to Angola and Mozambique), Madagascar, New Guinea, Australia (Western, Northern, Queensland). Cultivated as a relatively minor tuber crop and medicinal plant. Introduced in USA, (California, Florida),  Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, South America (northwest, eastern and central Brazil)

WSSA list of weeds in North America

Common names
Name Language
air potato English (US)
air yam English
otaheite yam English
potato yam English
wild yam English
Knollenyam German
igname bulbifère French
name blanco Spanish
name Congo Spanish (VE)
name criollo Spanish (VE)
name de guada Spanish
name del aire Spanish (CO)
name de mata Spanish (VE)
papa caribe Spanish (CR)
papa del aire Spanish (CR)
batata-de-rama Portuguese (BR)
cara-de-aire Portuguese (BR)
cara-de-espinho Portuguese (BR)
cara-de-sapateiro Portuguese (BR)
inhame-de-bolbos-aéreos Portuguese
inhame-zambuco Portuguese
nigakashū Japanese
ニガカシュウ Japanese
huáng dú Chinese
黄独 Chinese
둥근마 Korean
dung geun ma Korean