World Checklist of Dioscoreales

Rafael Govaerts, Paul Wilkin, and Richard M. K. Saunders

World Checklist of Dioscoreales
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Rafael Govaerts, Paul Wilkin, and Richard M. K. Saunders

Distributed for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

84 pages
Paper $58.00 ISBN: 9781842462003 Published January 2000 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only
E-book $58.00 ISBN: 9781842465455 Published February 2014
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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