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Rhizemys elephantipes (L'Hér.) Raf.
Fl. Tellur. 4: 26. 1838 [1836 publ. mid-1838]
Family: DIOSCOREACEAE

Accepted Scientific Name: Dioscorea elephantipes (L'Hér.) Engl. in Engl. & Drude
Veg. Erde [Engler] 9(3; 2): 367 1908. Engl. & Drude

Rhizemys elephantipes (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: © Plantemania
32 years old specimen. Dioscorea elephantipes is a choice Caudiciform Succulent that produces seasonal twining vine from the top of the caudex. The vines reaches 2 m and grows rapidly during the growing season ( from Autumn to Spring) but usually dies back in the summer, leaving the caudex to survive the hot, dry season.

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Accepted name in llifle Database:
Dioscorea elephantipes (L'Hér.) Engl. in Engl. & Drude
Veg. Erde [Engler] 9(3; 2): 367 1908.
Synonymy: 10
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Common Names include:
ENGLISH: Turtleback, Tortoise Plant, Tortoise Back Plant, Elephant foot, turtle back, elephant's foot, Hottentots' bread
CHINESE (中文): 南非龟甲龙
ITALIAN (Italiano): Pane degli Ottentotti



8606 cactus-art Cactus Art
Rhizemys elephantipes (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Cactus Art
28492 plantemania © Plantemania
Dioscorea elephantipes (12 years old, 20 cm in diameter) (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: © Plantemania

27002 frikkie Frikkie Hall
Dioscorea elephantipes develops a deeply corroded surface reminiscent of a tortoise shell. (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Frikkie Hall
8603 valentino Valentino Vallicelli
Rhizemys elephantipes (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli

27536 frikkie Frikkie Hall
Frizzle head. Amazingly it did not try and make one strong vine, but a whole bunch of short stiff vines. (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Frikkie Hall
8601 valentino Valentino Vallicelli
Rhizemys elephantipes (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli

8608 cactus-art Cactus Art
Rhizemys elephantipes (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Cactus Art
27003 frikkie Frikkie Hall
Dioscorea elephantipes is known as the elephant's-foot. (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Frikkie Hall

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