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World Checklist of Dioscoreales: Yams and their Allies

World / ChecklistBibliography

Series: World Checklists and Bibliographies of Higher Plants

By: Rafael Govaerts, Paul Wilkin and Richard MK Saunders

65 pages, no illustrations

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Paperback | Oct 2007 | #165017 | ISBN-13: 9781842462003
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Dioscoreales are a small but systematically and economically significant order of monocotyledons. The most diverse and important member is the yam genus, Dioscorea L., a source of dietary starch at macroeconomic to rural community levels. Other species of Dioscorea provided the chemical basis of corticosteroid drugs and oral contraceptives. Ally families comprise the unusual, largely achlorophyllous (heteromycotrophic) Burmanniaceae and the relatively unspecialised Nartheciaceae.

The World Checklist of Dioscoreales lists all validly published names of yams and their allies, providing the source of their publication and indication of which names are currently accepted and which are synonyms, making it a standard nomenclatural reference for further research into this important family.

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