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 Pachyrhizus erosus

Photo from University of Florida

Author:   Ignatz Urban, 1905
Family:  Fabaceae
Origin:  Mexico, Central America
Soil:  Rich or Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  30 centimetres
Height:  5 meters
Flower:  White - Deep Violet
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Yam Bean, Jicama, Ajipo, Bangkwang, Mexican Turnip, Yamsbønne
Synonyms:  Dolichos erosus, Linnaeus, 1753

Photo from a marked in Madagascar. Not that sure of the ID, but it looks right.

   This member of the Fabaceae family was given this name by Ignatz Urban in 1905. It is found in Mexico and Central America. It grows in rather rich soil with some water and some sun. The vines will climb for five meters, the eatable caudex grow up to 30 centimetres in diameter. The flowers are deep violet to white.

The genera name from Greek pachys; 'thick' and Greek rhiza; 'root' for the thick tuberous roots. The species name from Latin; erosus; 'erose', 'gnawed' or 'jagged'.


                                                                  Photo from University of Florida