Lorenzo Raimundo Parodi, 1935
Argentina, Bolivia, Peru
Sandy - Mix
15-40 (200) Centimetres
White - Pale Lavender
Andean Yam Bean, Ahipa
Dolichos ahipa, Wedd,
Pachyrhizus ahipa var. violacea, Parodi.
This member of the
was given this name by Lorenzo Raimundo Parodi in 1935. It is found in
Argentina, Bolivia and Peru, growing in a well drained soil with some water and
lots of sun. The caudex can grow to twelve centimetres in diameter,
fifteen centimetres long, the entire plant from fifteen to 40 centimetres in height,
but might have additional vines, reaching for 200 centimetres. The flowers are
white to pale lavender.
It have been grown as a root-crop for 1000s of years.
The genera name from Greek
pachys; 'thick' and Greek rhiza; 'root' for the thick
tuberous roots. The species name is the old Inca name for their crop.