Dioscorea oppositifolia Linnaeus
Air Potato; Cinnamon Vine; Dioscorea batatus
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Dioscorea oppositifolia, leaf
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Dioscorea oppositifolia, leaf

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Dioscorea oppositifolia, leaf and flower and bulbil
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Dioscorea oppositifolia, leaf and flower and bulbil
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Dioscorea oppositifolia L.
Chinese yam

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General Information
Symbol: DIOP
Group: Monocot
Family: Dioscoreaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : L48   I
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Symbol Scientific Name
DIBA2 Dioscorea batatas Decne.


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Dioscoreaceae – Yam family
Genus Dioscorea L. – yam
Species Dioscorea oppositifolia L. – Chinese yam

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USDA FS-Invasive Plants of Asian Origin (www.invasive.org) (DIOP)
VA-Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide (DIOP)



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