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Everything Else => Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles => Topic started by: Caesar on June 28, 2018, 10:46:42 PM

Title: Australian Yam (Pencil Yam, Dioscorea transversa)
Post by: Caesar on June 28, 2018, 10:46:42 PM
Is any forum member growing this species? Maybe in Australia? From what I've read, there's a rainforest type that lacks bulbils, and a northern variant that produces bulbils and has a larger in-ground tuber. Naturally, I'm gravitating towards the latter. So does anyone here have any experience with them? What are they like?
Title: Re: Australian Yam (Pencil Yam, Dioscorea transversa)
Post by: D-Grower on July 18, 2018, 02:14:03 PM
Fair dinkum seeds in Australia probably can help you locate this plant
Title: Re: Australian Yam (Pencil Yam, Dioscorea transversa)
Post by: Caesar on July 18, 2018, 10:22:51 PM
I contacted him. Apparently, he's grown it on several occasions but usually loses his stock to the drought (when grown in-situ in the bush) or to the critters (when grown in his garden). He's on the lookout to try it again, now that I've talked to him. I think he can ship it out no problem (I got my polystachya from him), but he can't receive yams himself. It's a pity, I was hoping to trade some of my bulbils with him.