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Hottentot's Bread
Scientific Name: Dioscorea elephantipes Engl.
Synonym: Dioscorea elephantopus, Testudinaria elephantipes
Family: Dioscoreaceae
Hottentot's Bread (Dioscorea  elephantipes)
Dioscorea elephantipes from Art Pacheco's collection in September in Tucson
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-12

Sun Exposure: Light shade, keep the caudex in the shade

Origin: Southern Africa (Cape Province)

Growth Habits: Deciduous caudiciform vine, tuber can reach 3 feet in diameter (90 cm), vine reaches 6 feet (2 m)

Watering Needs: Moderate to regular water, slow down water when the tuber is dormant in summer.

Propagation: Seeds, difficult from cuttings

Although it would be an expensive experiment, the tuber is edible.

Hottentot's Bread (Dioscorea  elephantipes)

Hottentot's Bread (Dioscorea  elephantipes)

Blooming Habits:
The Dioscorea elephantipes is dioecious (male and female flowers are produced on different plants). The 0.2 inches wide (4 mm), greenish-yellow flowers are insignificant.

Fruiting Habits:

The seedlings caudex forms below ground and will grow much faster if left underground for a couple of years.

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