Sometimes taxonomists create new names for groups that already have a name. They may do this because they are unaware of the original name, or they may think the organism before them belongs to a different group when in fact it does not. If two or more names are found to apply to the same group, they are considered synonyms. In most cases, the first name takes priority and is considered to be the valid or accepted name. However, there can be exceptions, and it's not always easy to determine which of a series of synonyms should be considered valid or accepted. Here we list the synonyms provided to EOL by our classification partners. We also include other versions of the name that most likely refer to the same group, for example, misspellings in the literature or different variations of the authorship associated with the name.

Preferred marks the preferred name from each source.


Name Relationship
Dioscorea sylvatica Eckl. Preferred
Dioscorea montana (Burch.) Spreng<br /> var. lobata Weim. Synonym
Dioscorea montana (Burch.) Spreng<br /> var. sagittata Suess. Synonym

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Dioscorea sylvatica Eckl. Preferred
Dioscorea sylvatica subsp. lydenbergensis Synonym
Dioscorea junodii Burtt Davy
Dioscorea hederifolia Griseb.
Dioscorea brevipes Burtt Davy
Dioscorea montana var. paniculata
Dioscorea sylvatica var. brevipes
Dioscorea sylvatica var. paniculata
Dioscorea montana var. duemmeri
Dioscorea marlothii R. Knuth
Dioscorea rehmannii Baker
Dioscorea sylvatica var. multiflora
Dioscorea sylvatica var. rehmannii
Dioscorea montana var. glauca
Dioscorea montana var. lobata
Dioscorea montana var. sagittata
Testudinaria glaucescens Hügel
Testudinaria sylvatica var. lydenbergensis
Tamus sylvestris Kunth
Testudinaria sylvatica var. rehmannii
Testudinaria sylvatica var. brevipes
Testudinaria sylvatica (Eckl.) Kunth
Testudinaria rehmannii (Baker) G.D.Rowley
Testudinaria sylvatica var. multiflora
Testudinaria multiflora Marloth
Testudinaria montana var. paniculata
Testudinaria paniculata Dummer
Testudinaria sylvatica var. paniculata

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Dioscorea sylvatica Preferred
Dioscorea sylvatica Eckl.

GBIF national node classification resource: Germany

Name Relationship
Dioscorea sylvatica Preferred
Dioscorea montana var. sagittata
Dioscorea marlothii R. Knuth


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