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Author: Friedrich Kasimir Medikus, 1787
Origin:   Canada, US
Soil:  Rich
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  4-10 Metres
Flower:   Reddish Brown - Purple - Pink
Names:  Wild Bean, Groundnut, American Potato Bean, Indian Potato, Hopniss
Synonyms:  Glycine apios, Carl Linneaeus. 1753.
Apios tuberosa, Moench, 1959.
Apios americana f. cleistogama, Fernald
Apios americana f. keihneri, Oswald
Apios americana f. mcculloughii, Oswald
Apios americana f. pilosa, Steyerm.
Apios americana var. turrigera, Fernald
Apios apios (L.) MacMill.
Apios apios var. boulderensis, Daniels
Apios perennis, Vahl ex Hornem.
Glycine tuberosa, Salisb.
Phaseolus tuberosus, Eaton & Wright

This member of the Fabaceae family was given this name by Friedrich Kasimir Medikus in 1787. It is found in Canada and United States, growing in a rich soil with quite some water and sun. The caudex can grow to five centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to four or even ten centimetres in height. The flowers are pink over purple to reddish brown.

The genera name Apios comes from the Greek word, meaning 'pear' and may refer the pear shape of some tubers. The species name indicate its origin from the Americas.

The rhizomes from
Guess the leaves are strawberries.