Dioscorea villosa L.
Family: Dioscoreaceae
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[Dioscorea cliffortiana Lam.,  more]
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Walter Lewis  
Etymology: Dioscorea: for Dioscorides, ancient Greek naturalist
Plants: perennial, herbaceous vine up to 18' tall; stems twining; roots brownish rhizomes
Leaves: broad, heart-shaped base, pointed tip, strong ribs, netted veins
Flowers: white to cream, tiny, 3-6-parted; inflorescence either widely-branched clusters of 1-4 male flowers per node or 2"-4" spikes of female flowers; blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: greenish-gold, 3-winged capsule with very wide, winged seeds
Habitat: moderate moisture; woods, roadsides, river-bottom forests
Conservation Status: Native
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Janice Stiefel  
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Walter Lewis  
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Corey Raimond  
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Botanical Illustration  
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Derek Anderson  
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Marion Sheehan  
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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Derek Anderson  
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Christopher Noll  
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Corey Raimond  
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Joanne Kline  
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Christopher Noll  
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