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HAWAII - POLYNESIAN INTRODUCTION

Dioscorea bulbifera


Hakalau Bay, Hawaii

Hoomaluhia, Kaneohe, Oahu

 
 

BITTER YAM    HOI

Formerly cultivated strictly as famine food in mesic areas.  Tubers are poisonous unless soaked in running water.  Native to Tropical Africa & Asia.