Sorting Tamus names

Species on this page ( A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :


Tamus communis L.

SYNONYM(S) : Dioscorea communis (L.) Caddick & Wilkin

DANISH : Jomfrurod.

DUTCH : Spekwortel, Zwarte heggerank.

ENGLISH : Black bindweed, Black bryony, Lady's seal.

FRENCH : Herbe-aux-femmes-battues, Tamier (as T. edulis), Tamier commun (as T. communis).

GERMAN : Echte Schmerwurz, Schmerwurz.

HEBREW : ???? ????

HUNGARIAN : Pirítógyökér .

ITALIAN : Tamaro.

PORTUGUESE :   Norça preta (as T. communis).

SPANISH :  Brionia negra, Corriola de cavall (Catalan), Gatmaimó (Catalan), Maimó (Catalan), Nueza negra.

SWEDISH :  Djävulsdruva.


Tamus edulis Lowe

SYNONYM(S) : Dioscorea communis (L.) Caddick & Wilkin

FRENCH : Tamier.



Considered as a synonym of  T. communis.

Tamus elephantipes L'Hér.

SYNONYM(S) : Dioscorea elephantipes (L'Hér.) Engl., Testudinaria elephantipes (L'Hér.) A. Dicks.

AFRIKAANS : Hottentotsbrood.

ENGLISH : Elephant's-foot, Hottentot-bread.




According to the USDA GRIN Database all above species would be now Dioscorea species (see top of this page).





Porcher Michel H. et al. 1995 - 2020, Sorting Tamus Names. Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database - A Work in Progress. Institute for Land & Food Resources. The University of Melbourne. < > (2004).


General Bibliography


Complementary / Specific


EURODICAUTOM, On-line Technical Dictionary in 12 languages provided by the European Commission < >.

Hanelt Peter et al. , 2001, Mansfeld's Encyclopedia of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops, Vol. xx. Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (Editors), First English Edition, Springer.

IPK Gatersleben, 2002, Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops. < >.

IPNI, 2003, International Plant Name Index. Online Database. < >.

Mabberley D.J. 1997, The Plant-Book : a Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants, 2d Edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

Smitinand Tem, 2001, Thai Plant Names - Revised Edition by The Forest Herbarium - Royal Forest Department. Bangkok. Thailand.

USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (xx xxxx 20xx).

Wang Zongxun et al. 1996, A New Latin, Chinese, English Botanical Nomenclature. Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany. Aviation Industry Publisher, Beijing.

Wiersema J. H. & León B. 1999, World Economic Plants : a Standard Reference. CRC Press LLC.

Xie Zongwa & Yu Youqin (Editors), 1996, Materia Medica, Chinese Terminology, Vol. 1, Renminweisheng Publishing House Beijing, China. (Latin with authority names and Chinese-simplified, text in Chinese).


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