In history the wild yam has been known to have been used by the Aztecs and a select few groups of Native Americans. The wild yam has not moved from these native locations in Central America and the Eastern United States.

For anyone interested in locating one of these yams, they are typically found in either moist open woods, within thickets, or growing along roadsides. Just be sure to look closely for the heart-shaped leaves both high and low. The ability for D. villosa L. to climb up objects makes it easier to see as well as some other benefits explained in the adaptation and nutrition sections!

Below is a map from www.discoverlife.org that shows a variety of areas that Dioscorea villosa L. has been seen. Note that in a few cases the wild yams have been seen on the North-West side of the United States as well. To learn more details about each location on the map, or to look up the locations of other organisms, go to the interactive version of the map by clicking on the image below.

Discover Life -- click on map for details, credits and terms of use.

A few other organisms that live in the same regions with medicinal purposes include:
Salix alba, Datura stramonium, and Ipomoea batatas.

To find out more about the habitat and how the wild yam lives in and with it, go along to the next page about specific interactions of Dioscorea villosa L.

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