|Author: ||Carl Linnaeus, 1759
Republic, Haiti (Asia)
Yam, Giant Potato, Milky Yam, Vidari-kanda, Bilai-kand,
Palmudukan kizhangu, Bhumikusmanda, Balaikand
paniculata var. digitata Kuntze, 1891.
G. Don, 1838.
Convolvulus paniculatus, Kuntze,
paniculata, R. Br. 1810.
Ipomoea mauritiana Jacquin,
Ipomoea paniculata var.
Ipomoea rubrocincta, Urb.
Ipomoea rubrocincta var. brachyloba, Urb.
Quamoclit digitata, G.Don.
This member of the Convolvulaceae
family was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1759. It is found in
Dominican Republic and Haiti, growing in forests. It preferring a
rich soil with quite some water and
not that much sun. The tuberous roots will grow to ten centimetres
in diameter, the vines to four meters in length. The flowers vary from pink to red. The plant can be reproduced both by seeds and
cuttings, both of which form a caudex.
It seems like it is
the same plant as some of the Ipomoeas from Paraguay, Uruguay, and
Argentina, which have been described later under other names.
generic name Ipomoea is derived from the Greek ἴψ, ἰπός;
meaning 'woodworm', and ὅμοιος; hómoios,
meaning 'resembling'. It referring to their twining habit. The species name means 'with fingers'.