Pachyrhizus erosus

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Pachyrhizus erosus, Urban (Dolichos erosus, Linn. D. bulbosus, Linn. P. bulbosus, Kurz. P. angulatus, Rich. Cacara erosa, Kuntze). Yam Bean. Root tuberous: st. twining, shrubby, hirsute, becoming glabrate with age: lvs. pinnately 3-foliate, often long-petioled; stipules deltoid or ovate-lanceolate, short; terminal lft. long- pedicelled, broadly cuneate at base, deeply or shallowly lobed in the upper half; lateral lfts. oblique, short- pedicelled, stipels subulate: racemes 6-12 in. long, long- peduncled, base often branching branches ascending; calyx 1/4 in., as long as the pedicel; corolla reddish, 1 in. or more long: pod 6-9 in. long, 1/2- 2/3 in. broad, 8-12-seeded, straight glabrescent. Tropics of both hemispheres. H.I.19:1842.—Eaten both raw and boiled. CH

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