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Air Potato

Air potato - Invasive.orgScientific name: Dioscorea bulbifera L. (ITIS)

Common names: Air potato, Air potato vine, air yam, bitter yam

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Native To: Asia and Africa (Overholt et al. 2003)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First observed in the U.S. in Alabama in the 1770s; first introduced to Florida in 1905 (Gucker 2009)

Means of Introduction: Originally cultivated as a possible food crop and ornamental in the 1800s (Miller et al. 2010)

Impact: Forms dense vines that smother native plants and trees (Overholt et al. 2008)

Current U.S. Distribution:

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Partnership

Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Air-potato
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Texas Invasives Database - Dioscorea bulbifera
TexasInvasives.org.

Invasive Species Compendium - Dioscorea bulbifera
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Dioscorea bulbifera (herb, vine, climber)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Government

Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) - Dioscorea bulbifera
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program.

Dioscorea spp. - Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

PLANTS Database - Air Yam
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory - Dioscorea bulbifera
Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce.

Weed Identification Tool - Aerial Yam
Brisbane City Council (Australia).

State

Air Potato
Sarasota County (Florida). Integrated Pest Management.

Academic

Air Potato in Florida (PDF | 113 KB)
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Air Potato Publications
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. IFAS Extension. Electronic Data Information Source.

Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera)
University of Florida. IFAS Extension. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Air Potato
University of Florida. IFAS Extension. Solutions for Your Life.

Professional

Dioscorea bulbifera
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk.

Citations

Gucker, Corey L. 2009. Dioscorea spp. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer).

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Dioscorea bulbifera. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

Miller, J.H., E.B, Chambliss, and N.J. Loewenstein. 2010. Climbing Yams (PDF | 827 KB) In: A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests. General Technical Report SRS-119. Asheville, NC. United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 126 p.

Overholt, W. A., C. Hughes, C. Wallace and E. C. Morgan. 2003. Origin of air potato identified (PDF | 99 KB) Wildlands Weeds 7:9.

Overholt, W.A., K. Langeland, E.C. Morgan, J. Moll and K. Gioeli. 2008. Air Potato in Florida (PDF | 113 KB) University of Florida. IFAS Extension Service. Integrated Plant Management.

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Last Modified: Apr 17, 2015
 
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