Need help identifying plant

manicorganicgalNovember 9, 2009

I had a plant pop up in my garden that I'm curious about. It looks like a minature version of a sweet potato vine but the leaves are very tiny. Now it has grown what looks like miniature Idaho potatoes that are very hard and I suppose some type of seed pod. They are dropping off all over my garden and I'm not sure if they are harmful or not. I'm removing all that I find. Can anyone help identify or should I include a picture?

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esh_ga

Could be air potato, Dioscorea bulbifera, or something related to that.

Here is a link that might be useful: Some pictures

    Bookmark   November 9, 2009 at 7:24AM
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manicorganicgal

Thanks for the info esh ga! The website you gave me was very helpful! It led me to another site called WeedUS where I was able to identify it as a "Chinese Yam" from the pictures provided. Now I know it needs to be eradicated asap. When I see the reasons that some of these invasives are brought in it makes me wonder why we can't find a way to make them useful to us also. This plant was brought over originally for food and medicinal purposes which indicates to me that it isn't toxic, only invasive.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2009 at 4:48PM
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