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4. Ipomoea batatas (Linn.) Lam., Tabl. Encycl. Meth. Bot. 1:465. 1793. Clarke in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 4:202.1883, Trimen, l.c. 212, Bamber, l.c. 610, Kashyp & Joshi, l.c. 175, van Ooststroom, l.c. 469, R.R. Stewart l.c. 575.

English: Sweet Potato.

Vern.: Shakar-Kandi.

DANIEL F. AUSTIN


Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

  • Batatas edulis (Thunb) Choisy
  • Convolvulus batatas Linn.
  • Convolvulus edulis Thunb.

    Plants prostrate or climbing with tuberous roots, perennial. The stems usually somewhat succulent, glabrous or pubescent. Leaves variable, from cordate to ovate, entire, dentate or often deeply lobed, 5-10 cm long, glabrous or pubescent. Flowers absent in some varieties, frequent in others, in few-flowered cymes or sub-umbellate-cymose. Sepals oblong, the outer acuminate and cuspidate, (8-) 10-15 mm long, mostly pubescent or only ciliate. Corolla with a lavender to purple limb and darker throat, white in some varieties, 4-7 cm long. Fruits rarely formed, ovoid, glabrous.

    Fl. Per.: October to July.

    Type: India, (LINN 218.12).

    G-4 Karachi University Campus, 5.12.65, S. Qureshi s.n. (KUH).

    Distribution: An American root crop, grown throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

    Commonly cultivated for the edible tubers.


     

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