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Air Potato

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Air potato
Scientific Name:

Dioscorea bulbifera L. (ITIS)

Common Name:

Air potato, Air potato vine, air yam, bitter yam

Air potato, bulbils - Photo by Karen Brown; University of Florida
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)


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

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status



  • Google. YouTube; University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

    This is the story of a multi-agency group -- the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Florida Ag Division of Plant Industry and the University of Florida/IFAS -- working together on a biological control to combat the invasive Air Potato weed in Florida.

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Air Potato.


IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
USDA. FS. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Federal Government

USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.
Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce.
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program.

International Government

Brisbane City Council (Australia).


University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

See also: IPM Florida - Invasive Plants for more publications
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source - publication resources

University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

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