José de Caldas, 1809
Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador
Medium - Maximum
tuberosa Kunth, 1817.
Melloca peruviana Moq,
Melloca tuberosa. Ullucus kunthii Moq, 1849.
Ullucus aborigineus, Brücher.
Ullucus kunthii, Moq.
Ullucus tuberosus subsp. aborigineus, Sperling.
Ullucus tuberosus f. albiflorus, Kuntze.
Ullucus tuberosus f. rubriflorus, Kuntze.
This member of the Basellaceae
family was described by Francisco José de Caldas in 1809. It is
found in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina, grown as a
crop in sandy or even rich soil with some to lots of water
and some sun. Although it is grown as a annual crop, the plant can
actually grow for several years. It will raise to 30 centimetres,
and the tubers grow up to ten centimetres in diameter, and vary in colour and
shape, depending on soil and subspecies.
The genera name from the locals
name; olluco or ulluco. The species name for the
I am not sure how well the
tubers will do, if they are raised.