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This species is accepted, and its native range is Macaronesia, W. Europe to Medit. and Iran.
Dioscorea communis

Native to:

Albania, Algeria, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Is., Corse, Cyprus, East Aegean Is., France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kriti, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Madeira, Morocco, North Caucasus, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Sardegna, Sicilia, Spain, Switzerland, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Yugoslavia

Introduced into:

Ireland, New Zealand North

Dioscorea communis (L.) Caddick & Wilkin appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Prior, A. [s.n.] K000204942
Bourgeau, E. [656], Spain K000204943
Clapham, A.R. [6972], United Kingdom K001140938
Herb Gregor, A.G. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140941
s.coll [s.n.] K001140943
Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140951
Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140961
s.coll [s.n.] K001140966
Vine, R.S. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140969
Saville, D. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140971
s.coll [s.n.] K001140979
Hubbard, C.E. [9871], United Kingdom K001140980
Gregor, A.G. [s.n.] K001140983
s.coll [s.n.] K001140985
Last, G.V.C. [688/1], United Kingdom K001140988
Darwall, L. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140992
Worsdell, W.C. [688/1], United Kingdom K001140994
s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140995
Salisbury, E.J. [s.n.] K001140999
s.coll [s.n.] K001141012
s.coll [s.n.], Morocco K001141013
Herb Porta, P. [s.n.], Austria K001141014
Steiner, M.E. [1207], Hungary K001141018
Martinis, A. [234], Belgium K001141025
s.coll [246], United Kingdom K001141029
Hill, A.W. [s.n.] K001141030
Wright, C.H. [112], United Kingdom K001141053
Wright, C.H. [183], United Kingdom K001141057
s.coll [s.n.] K001141059
Summerhayes, V.S. [1427], United Kingdom K001141063
Summerhayes, V.S. [1426], United Kingdom K001141064
s.coll [s.n.] K001141073
s.coll [s.n.] K001141077
s.coll [s.n.] K001141083
Sandwith, N.Y. [5416], Spain K001141095
Willkomm, H.M. [848], Spain K001141098
s.coll [123], Spain K001141100
s.coll [s.n.] K001141101
s.coll [1158], Bulgaria K001141112
Atchley, S.C. [378], Greece K001141116
s.coll [s.n.] K001141117
s.coll [s.n.] K001141171
s.coll [D 28823], Turkey K001141175
s.coll [25472], Turkey K001141177
s.coll [43217], Turkey K001141180
Tengwall, T.A. [221] K001141184
Haradjian, M. [933], Cyprus K001141192
Sintenis, P.E.E. [1071], Cyprus K001141193
Syngrassides, A. [739], Cyprus K001141194
Haradjian, M. [863], Cyprus K001141196
Lowne, B.T. [s.n.], Syria K001141203
Davis, P.H. [5194], Lebanon K001141206
Meyers, F.S. [B 4331], Palestinian Territory, Occupied K001141207
s.coll [B 2756], Palestinian Territory, Occupied K001141212
Rawi, A. al [28871], Iraq K001141220
Omar, S. [38333], Iraq K001141224
s.coll [3688], Iraq K001141231
s.coll [s.n.], Morocco K001141262
Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140950
Allard, E.J. [s.n.] K001140968
s.coll [183], Portugal K001141102
Davis, P.H. [4353], Palestinian Territory, Occupied K001141208
Hussein, H.M. [7728], Iraq K001141228
Fernández Casas, F.J. [472] K001141096
s.coll [s.n.] K001140976
Huter, R. [s.n.] K001141010
Brummitt, R.K. [5132], Italy K001141087
s.coll [43054], Turkey K001141178
Rawi, A. al [8510 A] K001141232
Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140982
Dudley [D 34857], Turkey K001141179
s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140958
Mann, R.J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140970
Rawi, A. al [s.n.], Iraq K001141233
Sandwith, N.Y. [2382], Libya K001141259
Kotschy, C.G.T. [493], Turkey K001141182
Rawlings, S. [1849 [?]], United Kingdom K001140959
s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140944
Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141060
Herb Helveticum [s.n.] K001141009
Edmond, M.E. [303], Spain K001141099
Tedd, H.G. [581] K001141120
Rigo, G. [s.n.] K001141090
Jongkind, C.C.H. [6014], Spain K001141097
Herb Gregor, A.G. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140942
Worsdell, W.C. [688/1], United Kingdom K001140991
s.coll [s.n.] K001141045
Bonnet, E. [s.n.], France K001141072
Syngrassides, A. [1365], Cyprus K001141201
s.coll [61] K001141183
Bullock, A.A. [631], United Kingdom K001141042
Tedd, H.G. [1937] K001141121
Thurston, E. [s.n.] K001141048
s.coll [s.n.] K001141114
Alston, A.H.G. [1106], Greece K001141124
Pampanini, R. [1628] K001141258
P.I.I.O.B. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141006
Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140962
Omar, S. [37021] K001141217
Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141051
Verdcourt, B. [4434], France K001141070
Kennedy, E.W. [124], Cyprus K001141188
Kennedy, E.W. [125], Cyprus K001141187
Ballard, F. [1013], United Kingdom K001140954
Marsden-Jones, E.M. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141031
Davis, P.H. [5409], Lebanon K001141204
Little, J.E. [s.n.] K001141004
Gamble, J.S. [28635] K001141041
Rawi, A. al [21775], Iraq K001141225
s.coll [s.n.] K001140967
s.coll [s.n.] K001140996
Hepperger, C. v. [s.n.], Austria K001141015
Radde, G.F.R.J. von [s.n.] K001141167
s.coll [s.n.] K001140964
Thurston, E. [s.n.] K001141046
s.coll [s.n.] K001141067
Thamer [47882], Iraq K001141237
s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140986
Al-Kaisi [45349], Iraq K001141238
Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140974
Marshall, A.R. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140939
s.coll [s.n.] K001141001
Kotschy, C.G.T. [115], Cyprus K001141189
Lindsay, N. [798], Iran K001141240
s.coll [s.n.] K001141008
s.coll [s.n.] K001141079
Freyer, H. [1511] K001141080
Bonnet, E. [s.n.], France K001141086
Gamble, J.S. [s.n.], France K001141076
Kummerle [s.n.], Hungary K001141021
s.coll [8186] K001141229
Sahira [37558], Iraq K001141223
Brenan, J.P.M. [2455] K001140937
Milne-Redhead, E.W.B.H. [5286], United Kingdom K001140955
Christenhusz, M.J.M. [177], France K001141085
Kotschy, C.G.T. [493] K001141257
s.coll [41], United Kingdom K001141050
Clarke, C.B. [49846] K001141054
Delacour, T.A. [s.n.] K001141071
s.coll [2771], Iraq K001141222
Omar, S. [49480], Iraq K001141230
Schneider, C.K. [140], Bulgaria K001141109
Atha, D.E. [4482], Georgia K001141239
Last, G.V.C. [688/1], United Kingdom K001140989
s.coll [951], United Kingdom K001140990
Steiner, M.E. [1207], Hungary K001141017
s.coll [246], United Kingdom K001141032
s.coll [D 38553], Turkey K001141186
s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141002
s.coll [2556], Iran K001141241
Helbaek, H. [1902], Iraq K001141216
Meikle, R.D. [2147], Cyprus K001141195
s.coll [s.n.] K001141069
s.coll [26065], Iraq K001141219
Wright, C.H. [112], United Kingdom K001141058
Bramwell, D. [92], Morocco K001141265
Lascelles, A.G. [s.n.], Cyprus K001141191
Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140972
Borza, A. [377], Romania K001141023
Crawley, M.J. [MJC 289], United Kingdom K001141066
s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140957
Barkley, E.D. [139], Iraq K001141234
s.coll [2638], United Kingdom K001141092
Merton, L.F.H. [3092], Cyprus K001141199
Ballard, F. [1013], United Kingdom K001140949
Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141061
s.coll [665], Cyprus K001141190
Meyers, F.S. [G 756], Israel K001141210
Bullock, A.A. [631], United Kingdom K001141044
Brummitt, R.K. [5132], Italy K001141091
s.coll [s.n.] K001141106
Singer, A. [Taco0301090707], Israel K001141214
s.coll [s.n.] K001140981
Hosking, A.J. [s.n.] K001140975
Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140963
Chase, M.W. [536 K [?]], United Kingdom K001140984
Adamovic, L. [s.n.] K001141022
Jeffers, R.H. [688], Russian Federation K001141033
s.coll [H.1528 1935], United Kingdom K001140947
Rawi, A. al [9240 A] K001141215
Bonnet, E. [s.n.], France K001141084
Fay, J.M. [1006], Tunisia K001141256
Tedd, H.G. [1999] K001141118
Billups, C.R. [1489], United Kingdom K001140978
Casey, E.C. [498], Cyprus K001141200
Porta, P. [s.n.], Greece K001141074
Clarke, C.B. [49847B] K001141038
s.coll [D 29970A], Turkey K001141176
Sendtner, O. [150], Bosnia & Herzegovina K001141107
Ibrahim, M.B. [s.n.], Morocco K001141263
Hubbard, C.E. [82], United Kingdom K001141037
Brenan, J.P.M. [2455] K001140936
s.coll [s.n.] K001140997
s.coll [S1028] K001140977
s.coll [D 32455], Turkey K001141174
Herb Borrel, J.M. [[3516]] K001141075
Herb Porta, P. [s.n.], Austria K001141016
Müller [s.n.] K001141089
Bullock, A.A. [631], United Kingdom K001141043
s.coll [s.n.] K001141081
Strobl, P.G. [s.n.] K001141011
Al-Kaisi [46108], Iraq K001141235
Gamble, J.S. [20080], United Kingdom K001140945
Hepper, F.N. [8986], France K001141068
Hewer, T.F. [H 4028], Iran K001141243
Crisp, P. [149], Iran K001141244
s.coll [279], Morocco K001141260
Black, A.A. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140998
Faurie, A. [s.n.], Algeria K001141264
Wisniewski, T. [s.n.], Bulgaria K001141111
Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141049
s.coll [s.n.], Croatia K001141104
Gamble, J.S. [26141.2], United Kingdom K001140940
Waterfall, C. [2381], United Kingdom K001140987
Sprague, T.A. [82], United Kingdom K001141056
s.coll [D 26609], Turkey K001141181
Thurston, E. [s.n.] K001141047
Lewis, P. [44], United Kingdom K001140993
s.coll [s.n.] K001141172
Atchley, S.C. [s.n.], Greece K001141115
Hewer, T.F. [4620], Cyprus K001141202
Hayne, W.A. [s.n] K001141211
Rawi, A. al [8966] K001141218
Cunnell, G.J. [204], United Kingdom K001141007
Jackson, A.K. [213], Croatia K001141105
s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141003
Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141062
s.coll [s.n.] K001141088
Szovits, J.N. [s.n.] K001141169
s.coll [231], Morocco K001141261
Pearce, S.A. [s.n.] K001140960
s.coll [s.n.], Hungary K001141019
Clark, D.J. [36], United Kingdom K001141027
Tedd, H.G. [1937] K001141119
s.coll [s.n.] K001141170
Omar, S. [37641], Iraq K001141221
Lenormand, R. [933], France K001141082
Gamble, J.S. [30607], United Kingdom K001141039
Herb Cuatrecasas [s.n.], Spain K001141093
Meyers, F.S. [B 6756], Israel K001141209
Davis, P.H. [5409], Lebanon K001141205
Fischer [s.n.] K001141173
Ruyver, F. de [s.n.], Belgium K001141026
s.coll [781], Cyprus K001141198
Meyers, F.S. [6756], Israel K001141213
s.coll [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141035
s.coll [99] K001141108
Hill, A.W. [2408], Macedonia K001141122
Last, G.V.C. [688/1], United Kingdom K001141065
Lambert, V. [s.n.], Belgium K001141024
Burkill, I.H. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141055
s.coll [H.1528 1935], United Kingdom K001140948
Gamble, J.S. [19441], United Kingdom K001140946
Verdcourt, B. [4972], United Kingdom K001140965
Stainton, J.D.A. [7414], Greece K001141123
Omar, S. [37358], Iraq K001141226
Lawrence, T. [3/1], United Kingdom K001141005
Marquand, C.V.B. [8960], Spain K001141094
s.coll [19815], Turkey K001141185
Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140952
Al-Dabbagh [46159], Iraq K001141236
s.coll [s.n.] K001141078
Chapman, E.G. [235], Cyprus K001141197
Matcalfe, E. [s.n.] K001141040
Atchley, S.C. [1132], Greece K001141113
Goddard, H.J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141000
Hewer, T.F. [H 4028], Iran K001141242
Hubbard, C.E. [11137], United Kingdom K001140953
Meebold, A.K. [s.n.] K001141028
s.coll [s.n.], Hungary K001141020
Robinson, E. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141034
s.coll [7899] K001141227
s.coll [s.n.] K001140956
Sandwith, C.I. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141052
Fraser, J. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001140973
Wisniewski, T. [1467], Bulgaria K001141110
Robinson, E. [s.n.], United Kingdom K001141036
Brummitt, R.K. [6410], Greece K001141103
Nov 8, 2011 Rico, L. [2255], Syria Tamus communis K000764199
s.coll. [1028], Great Britain Tamus communis K000062161
s.coll. [504], Madeira Tamus edulis K000099334 Unknown type material
Otto Kuntze [s.n.] Tamus edulis K000099335
unknown [s.n.] Tamus edulis K000099336
Kuntze, O. [s.n.] Tamus edulis K000099337
s.coll. [504], Madeira Tamus edulis K001081657

First published in Taxon 51: 112 (2002)

Accepted by

  • Dimopoulos, P., Raus, T., Bergmeier, E., Constantinidis, T., Iatrou, G., Kokkini, S., Strid, A., & Tzanoudakis, D. (2013). Vascular plants of Greece. An annotated checklist: 1-372. Botanic gardens and botanical museum Berlin-Dahlem, Berlin and Hellenic botanical society, Athens.
  • Dobignard, D. & Chatelain, C. (2010). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 1: 1-455. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Govaerts, R. (2004). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-54382. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R., Wilkin, P. & Saunders, R.M.K. (2007). World Checklist of Dioscoreales. Yams and their allies: 1-65. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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