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Air potato

Scientific name: Dioscorea bulbifera 

Name in different languages:-

English: Air yam, Bitter yam

Sanskrit: Varahi

Hindi: Dukkar kand

Malayalam: Adathappu-അടതാപ്പ്

Plant description:

Air potato is a perennial vine, leaves are simple, heart-shaped, length up to 20 feet. The leaves are simple, arranged oppositely, heart-shaped, margin entire and with tapered apex. The flowers are small and white in color. Yam brownish-black, rough outer, bulb-like part in the leaf axis and tubers beneath the ground both are edible, it resembles potato so, it is called air potato, which can consume like other yams and cultivated as a food crop. The tubers can be used by boiling in the water like any other yams used. It may grow up to 150 feet high with the support plant. It grows extremely quickly almost 8 inches per day. New plants developed from the bulb-like part form a new plant. 

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Heart-shaped Margin-Entire Venation-palmate
 Cordate-heartshaped  Margin_Entire  Venation-palmate

Useful plant parts:

The Potato like bulbs of leaves and roots.

Medicinal uses:

Used as a food of diabetic patients, it contains proteins, calcium, to treat conjunctivitis, diarrhea, dysentery and as a pest control.

How to prepare medicines:

It can be consumed by boiling in the water like other yams consumed

It is recommended for diabetic patients

One of the ingredient in the preparation of the Ayurvedic medicines:-



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