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 Apios fortunei

Photo by Wojciech Maksymilian Szymanski.

Author:   Carl Johann Maximowicz, 1873
Family:  Fabaceae
Origin:  Eastern China, Japan
Soil:  Rich but well drained
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Medium-Maximum
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  2 Metres
Flower:  Green-White-Purple-Red-
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Hodo, Hodoimo, Groundnut, Potatobean
Synonyms:  Apios cavaleriei, Augustine Abel Hector LÚveillÚ, 1914

Photo by Wojciech Maksymilian Szymanski.
   This member of the Fabaceae family was given this name by Carl Johann Maximowicz in 1873. It is found in Eastern China and Japan, growing in a rich but well drained soil with quite some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to two metres in height. The flowers are from greenish white over yellow to purple, and can have red edges.

The genera name Apios comes from the Greek word, meaning 'pear' and may refer the pear shape of some tubers. The species is named after the Scottish botanist Robert Fortune.

I am not sure it will appreciate to have the bulbs exposed?

Photo by Wojciech Maksymilian Szymanski.                           The flowers by Keisotyo,