|Author: ||H.R. López
& J.A. Pavón,
NW Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador,
Rich - Mix|
||Medium - Maximum|
Medium - Maximum|
2-4 Centimetres |
Dark Orange / Yellow|
Tropaeolum mucronatum, Meyen, 1835.
Chymocarpus tuberosus, Heynh. 1840.
Trophaeum denticulatum, Kuntze, 1891.
tuberosus, Kuntze, 1891.
Tropaeolum tuberosum subsp. silvestre, Sparre.
This member of the Tropaeolaceae family
was given this name by Hipólito Ruiz López and José Antonio Pavón in 1802. It is found in
the heights of Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, growing in a drained soil with
some to lots of water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to
four centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to two or even four metres in height. The flowers are dark orange and
The genera name is the
diminutive of trophy; given by Carl Linnaeus, who chose the genus
name because the plant reminded him of an ancient custom: After victory in
battle, the Romans erected a trophy pole (or tropaeum, from the Greek
tropaion, source of English "trophy") on which the vanquished foe's armour
and weapons were hung.
The species is named for the tuberous roots.