Dioscora alata

Dioscora alata – Greater Yam/ Purple Yam/ Water Yam/ Ten-months Yam/ White Yam/ Yam/ Winged Yam/ Chupri Alu
Family- Dioscoreaceae

 
Larval host plant of Tagiades japetus


Leaves. Belgachi Railgate Para, Chuadanga.06-10-2016


Young leaves twining winged stem. Belgachi Railgate Para, Chuadanga.06-10-2016


Young leaves twining winged stem. Belgachi Railgate Para, Chuadanga.06-10-2016


A larva of Tagiades japetus in a leaf shelter. Belgachi Railgate Para, Chuadanga. 02-10-2016


Leaves. Belgachi Railgate Para, Chuadanga. 02-10-2016


Leaves. Belgachi Railgate Para, Chuadanga. 02-10-2016

Description: It is an edible tuberous root plant used as subsidiary vegetable. It is characterised with twining vine with massive underground tuber. Stem winged and branched. It is a native plant of southeast Asia and naturalized in China, Africa, Australia and parts of United States