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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



Selected Resources

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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.