Donate now to support the LLIFLE projects.
Your support is critical to our success.
Dioscorea testudinaria R.Knuth
Pflanzenr. (Engler) Dioscoreac. 9, in obs., sphalm. (nom. illeg.) 1924 [5 Aug 1924]
Family: DIOSCOREACEAE

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

Dioscorea testudinaria (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
It 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.

Synonyms:

See all synonyms of Dioscorea elephantipes
back
Accepted name in llifle Database:
Dioscorea elephantipes (L'Hér.) Engl. in Engl. & Drude
Veg. Erde [Engler] 9(3; 2): 367 1908.
Synonymy: 10
back

Common Names include:
ENGLISH: Turtleback, Tortoise Plant, Tortoise Back Plant, Hottentot's Bread
CHINESE (中文): 南非龟甲龙
ITALIAN (Italiano): Pane degli Ottentotti



27002 frikkie Frikkie Hall
Dioscorea testudinaria (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Frikkie Hall
8604 valentino Valentino Vallicelli
Dioscorea testudinaria (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli

8607 cactus-art Cactus Art
Dioscorea testudinaria (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Cactus Art
8602 valentino Valentino Vallicelli
Dioscorea testudinaria (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
8606 cactus-art Cactus Art
Dioscorea testudinaria (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Cactus Art

8603 valentino Valentino Vallicelli
Dioscorea testudinaria (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Valentino Vallicelli
8608 cactus-art Cactus Art
Dioscorea testudinaria (Dioscorea elephantipes) Photo by: Cactus Art

Your Photos

by Frikkie Hall

by Cactus Art

by Frikkie Hall

Your Actions
Dioscorea Back to Dioscorea index
Dioscoreaceae Back to Dioscoreaceae index
Succulents Back to Succulents Encyclopedia index