Dioscorea sylvatica, elephant foot yam
Dioscorea sylvatica is a species of a vining caudiciform that is native to Africa. Impressive reticulated tuberous rootstock or caudex. It is found in forests and grasslands of East and Southern Africa. The caudex, making it a Fat Plant, is impressive as it grows to a large size. The vines can grow as much as 12 feet in a year. Best kept in a pot protected from cold weather. It is sold in a 4 inch pot.
Minimum avg. temperature: 50°F, do not let it freeze and protect in cool weather
Sun exposure: Full sun, partial shade in Summer and keep the caudex shaded
Origin: East and Southern Africa
Growth habits: Succulent to 12 feet tall
Watering needs: Water when soil is dry in warm weather. Water monthly or not at all in cool weather..