Jean B.A:P. de M. de Lamarck, 1793
Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panamá, Venezuela
|| Sweet potato,
Boniato, Kumara, Camote, Sødekartoffel
Convolvulus batatas Linnaeus, 1753.
- and around 60 others, see below....
was given this name by
Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monnet de Lamarck in 1792, and
originates from the central part of
America. Give it a well-drained soil, keep it moist and keep it out of
the worst sun. The turnip will grow to ten centimetres in diameter, 20
centimetres in length,
the vines op to four meters. The flowers are pink, and it can be reproduced
by cuttings as well as by seeds.
If you really want to know: Purdue
lost the first plant, which isn't that unusually. After a couple of years, it lost the caudex, and
it doesn't seem like it will form a new. A known "error" by
collectors, it seems to live only one or
two years, then it needs to be replaced by a new bulb. It can be renewed
by stem cuttings. The "potatoes" will
only form under ground.
generic name Ipomoea is derived from the Greek ἴψ, ἰπός;
meaning 'woodworm', and ὅμοιος; hómoios,
meaning 'resembling'. It referring to their twining habit. The species name is the local name in Haiti, which later have
been used in several other languages.