Mystery plant 082

This vine grows throughout the central and eastern portions of North America.  When you can identify it, leave a comment with the common and scientific names.  Also, share any personal connection you may have with this plant.


Emergence of plant in spring


Leaves and leaf arrangement




Staminate (male) flowers


Pistillate (female) flowers


Seed capsule


Dried seed capsule


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)

Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa).

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8 Responses to Mystery plant 082

  1. Kim Scudera says:

    Wild yam, Dioscorea villosa.

  2. Rhonda D says:

    Wild yam
    Dioscorea villosa

  3. Susan says:

    This is an invasive plant.
    (Cinnamon Vine or Air Potato)
    (Dioscorea oppositifolia)

  4. Norman Smith says:

    Doggone it! I am always too late!! What they said..Wild Yam, Dioscorea villosa

  5. Joan says:

    What they said too… 🙂
    Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)

  6. Angelyn says:

    Yes, this is Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa). Male flowers grow on one plant while female flowers grow on a different plant.

  7. Vic Lea says:

    Can the root be eaten like a grocery store yam?

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