1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Pachyrhizus Rich. ex DC.

      1. This genus is accepted, and is native to Southern America and Northern America..

    [LOWO]

    Legumes of the World. Edited by G. Lewis, B. Schrire, B. MacKinder & M. Lock. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (2005)

    Habit
    Herbs or subshrubs
    Ecology
    Seasonally dry tropical forest and thicket, often on margins, and in scrub vegetation and open grassy areas
    Distribution
    Mexico, C America and W tropical S America (Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, W Brazil, Guyana), 3 species widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical America, one also extensively in the Palaeotropics
    Note
    See under Calopogonium for taxonomic affinities
    [LOWO]
    Use
    Used for human food, e.g., P. erosus (L.) Urb. (yam bean, jicama) , pods also edible; other parts used for fibre and medicine

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Argentina Northwest, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Venezuela

    Introduced into:

    Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Bismarck Archipelago, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Cambodia, Cameroon, China South-Central, China Southeast, Christmas I., Cuba, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Fiji, Florida, Gabon, Hainan, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Jawa, Laos, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Madagascar, Malaya, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Réunion, Sri Lanka, Sumatera, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad-Tobago, Vietnam, Windward Is.

    Pachyrhizus Rich. ex DC. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jun 1, 1995 Cardenas, H. [1711], Bolivia K000502939
    Cardenas, H. [1711], Bolivia K001044100

    First published in Mém. Légum.: 379 (1826)

    Sources

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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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