Asia and Africa (Overholt et al. 2003)
First observed in the U.S. in Alabama in the 1770s; first introduced to Florida in 1905 (Gucker 2009)
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)
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.Provides state, county, point and GIS data. Maps can be downloaded and shared.
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.
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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.
Gucker, C.L. 2009. Dioscorea spp. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Dioscorea bulbifera. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].
Miller, J.H., E.B, Chambliss, and N.J. Loewenstein. 2010. Climbing Yams. In: A field guide for the identification of invasive plants in southern forests (PDF | 13.27 MB) (General Technical Report SRS-119). Asheville, NC: U.S. Forest Service, p. 63.
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.