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Dioscorea elephantipes - Elephant's Foot

Dioscorea elephantipes - Elephant's Foot (Dioscorea elephantipes - Elephant's Foot)

Elephant's food vine at the San Diego Zoo. Photo taken on Veteran's Day Holiday - Nov. 11, 2013.

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I can just see the tuber (is that the correct word?) - it's still a bit of a tiddler isn't it? Sure that I read they grow really large tubers of a metre or more?

17 Nov, 2013


Yes, it's a tuber. There's some larger ones at the SD Zoo.

17 Nov, 2013


Slugs,rodents will devour them. Being expensive plants you need to find a safe spot.

1 Sep, 2014


Most likely that's why it's growing in this protected spot outdoors.

1 Sep, 2014


There's an interesting story on the net of the Huntington finding one under brush that had been thought to have died decades ago. Pasadena has had plenty of frosts over somehow survived.

9 Nov, 2014


It's amazing how certain plants can come back years later. I had this happen in the past.

10 Nov, 2014

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