Apios americana, sometimes called the potato bean, hopniss, Indian potato orgroundnut (but not to be confused with other plants sometimes known by the namegroundnut) is a perennial vine native to eastern North America, and bears edible beans and large edible tubers. It grows to 3–4 m long, with pinnate leaves 8–15 cm long with 5–7 leaflets. The flowers are red-brown to purple, produced in dense racemes. The fruit is alegume (pod) 6–12 cm long.
The tubers are crunchy and nutritious, with a high content of starch and especially protein. The plant was one of the most important food plants of pre-European North America, and is now being developed for domestication.Potato bean
Apios americana, sometimes called the potato bean, hopniss, Indian potato or groundnut is a perennial vine native to eastern North America, and bears edible beans and large edible tubers. Wikipedia
Scientific name: Apios americana
Higher classification: Apios
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