Curtius P.J. Sprengel,
- Deep Violet
Bean, Potato Bean, Jicama
tuberosus, Lamarck, 1786.
Cacara tuberosa Britton,
Stizolobium tuberosum Spreng, 1826
This member of the
Fabaceae family was given this name by Curtius Polycarp Joachim Sprengel in 1827. It is found in
Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela - and spread as a crop to Asia.. It grows in well drained
soil with some water and some sun. The vines will climb for six meters,
the eatable caudex grow up to 30 centimetres in diameter. The
flowers are white to yellow.
The genera name from Greek
pachys; 'thick' and Greek rhiza; 'root' for the thick
tuberous roots. The species name for its swollen roots.
The plant is grown
as a crop in both Americas and Asia. The leaves and caudex used for
food, the seed for poisons fish by fishermen.