North Carolina Wildflowers, Shrubs, & Trees

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Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa)
Buncombe Co., NC
29 Apr 2006

Easily recognized by the whorl of strongly veined, heart-shaped leaves toward the base of this vine (leaves become alternate toward the tip of the vine), Wild Yam is fairly common in woodlands throughout NC.

Annotated habitat and distribution information listed above is from Radford, Ahles, & Bell. 1968. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. UNC Press; and from personal observations and discussions with Will Cook, Harry LeGrand, and Bob Wilbur. Common names from personal experience and supplemented by the following resources USDA plants website, Flora of the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia, and NatureServe.

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