Manihot esculenta

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Name and publication

Manihot esculenta Crantz, Inst. Rei herb. 1: 167 (1766).


Root slides of cassava, sold as “tapicon slices” in the potpourri trade, are round with a wrinkled, beige skin with a spongy but woody, uniform, beige interior, 2-6 cm in diameter.

Nativity and distribution

Manihot esculenta is native to South America but widely cultivated throughout the tropics.