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Elephant's Foot
Scientific Name: Dioscorea sylvatica (Kunth) Ecklon
Family: Dioscoreaceae
Elephant's Foot (Dioscorea  sylvatica) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Sun Exposure: Part sun to light shade for the leaves, shade for the caudex

Origin: South Africa (Cape Province), Swaziland

Growth Habits: Winter deciduous caudiciform vine, fast growing to 15 feet tall (4.5 m), caudex 12 inches in diameter (30 cm) or more.

Watering Needs: No to very little water when dormant


Related to Dioscorea paniculata and D. elephantipes, makes also a large woody caudiciform root.

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