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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Dioscorea bulbifera L.
Common air-potato

Dioscorea bulbifera
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Family: Dioscoreaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Africa and Asia; an introduced weed elsewhere.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: For more information and images, visit Florida Invasive Plant Species Mobile Field Guide (FLIP) or click on the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants link below.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1913. This is just beginning to naturalize in the Florida Keys, but is widely naturalized and invasive on the mainland.

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Dioscorea bulbifera has been reported from the following conservation area in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Torch Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized




Dioscorea bulbifera has been reported for the following 4 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland
Pine Rockland
Rockland Hammock
Sinkhole


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Dioscorea bulbifera
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Dioscorea bulbifera
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr

Dioscorea bulbifera
Copyright by: Keith J. Buttry, 2015
Bulbils of naturalized plants, Simpson Park, Miami, Florida

Dioscorea bulbifera
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr