|Photo by Shirley Denton (Copyrighted, use by photographer’s permission only), Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants|
|Division:||Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants|
|Class:||Liliopsida – Monocotyledons|
| Dioscorea floridana|
|Natural range of Dioscorea floridana from USDA NRCS Plants Database.|
Common name: Florida yam
Synonym: Dioscorea villosa L. var. floridana (Bartlett) H.E. Ahles
A description of Dioscorea floridana is provided in The Flora of North America. Dioscorea floridana is a perennial herbaceous vine. The University of Florida has provided an accessible online PDF on how to differentiate the several species of yam in Florida. See link provided here: [Air Potato PDF]  D. floridana species is distinguished by having the two or three staminate inflorescences when compared to D. quaternata and D. villosa.
According to the USDA NRCS website, Dioscorea floridana's distribution occurs in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.  Due to its limited range, it is considered vulnerable on the Global Status. 
D. floridana occurs in wet, sandy areas like pond edges.
D. floridana has been observed flowering in March.
Conservation and management
Cultivation and restoration
References and notes
- [Air Potato PDF] Accessed: April 22, 2016.
- Ihsan A. AL-Shehbaz and Bernice G. Schubert (1810) The Discoreaceae in the Southeastern United States. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 70(1) 57.59
- [USDA NRCS Plant Database] Access: April 22, 2016.
- [Nature Serve] Accessed: April 22, 2016.
- Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: Robert K. Godfrey and Lisa Keppner. States and Counties: Florida: Washington. Georgia: Thomas.
- Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/ Accessed: 8 DEC 2016