Definition of Tortoise plant
1. Noun. South African vine having a massive rootstock covered with deeply fissured bark.
Group relationships: Dioscorea, Genus Dioscorea
Terms within: Hottentot Bread, Hottentot's Bread
Generic synonyms: Vine
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Literary usage of Tortoise plant
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1. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1876)
"... climber for its pleasing foliage, and for its curious rootstock; this is hemispherical or nearly globular, and sometimes 3 ft. in diam- tortoise plant ..."