Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wild Yam

While wandering in with my camera in Wildwood in January,
I stopped along the bike path to snap a few shots of
an open pod of Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa). It had burst open 
and most of its seeds had fallen out.
When I got home and loaded the photos into my computer, 
I was delighted to see that I had an evocative still life picture!

  Wild Yam is an herbaceous vine that sometimes grows close to the ground in a whorl
of heart-shaped leaves.

Its small, delicate flowers grow along dangling vines.

 Fruit then begins to form.

Green pods have seeds developing inside.

The green fruit turns brown as the seeds develop.

The cycle will then begin again.
Life goes on in Wildwood.


  1. Wonderful descriptive photos and text. Thanks again, Nancy!

  2. Really nice images of this great medicinal herb. Thank you