Haryana Forest Flora
A Comprehensive Database of Ligneous Plants of Haryana (India)
Designed & Developed by Bioinformatics Centre,Forest Research Institute, Dehradun

Complete Taxonomic details of Species: Dioscorea bulbifera Linn.

Family: Dioscoreaceae Genus: Dioscorea Species: Dioscorea bulbifera Linn.
( रतालू )






Synonym Dioscorea  sativa Thunb
Flower Color White
Common Name Ratalu, Zimikand Flower Type Spikelet
English / Trade Name Aerial yam, Air potato, Air yam, Bitter yam, Cheeky yam, Potato yam, Wild yam Flowering Period July-Sept
Vernacular /Local Name Ratalu Fruiting Period Oct-Dec
Altitude Upto 1500m Fruit Type Capsule
Habit Climber Fruit Details Capsule oblong, winged.
Habitat Waste places, forest edges and scrub jungles Bark Type Smooth
Distribution Found as an understory plant of deciduous forests from plains. Common. Bark Details Greenish bark
Distribution in Haryana Ambala, Bhiwani, Faridabad, Fatehabad, Gurgaon, Kurukshetra, Morni-Pinjore, Rewari, Sonepat, Yamuna Nagar Origin Native
    Leaf Type Simple
    Leaf Arrangement Alternate (leaves born singly along stem)
    Leaf Shape Cordate
Description of Species Annual-perennial, glabrous, slender, climber; tubers solitary, globose or ovoid; stem angular or ribbed, bearing numerous, axillary, grey-brown, warted bulbils. Leaves alternate, broadly ovate-cordate or suborbicular, acuminate, glabrous. Flowers unisexual, small, arranged in slender, axillary, clustered, drooping spikes. Male spikes long; flowers small, pale-green. Female spikes pendulous. Tepals linear-lanceolate, greenish-white, turning to purple. Capsule oblong, winged. Leaf Details Leaves alternate, broadly ovate-cordate or suborbicular, acuminate, glabrous

Specimen's Details / Live Plants Details