Forest Starr & Kim Starr: Cassava - Manihot esculenta
Synonyms: Janipha manihot, Jatropha manihot, Manihot aipi, Manihot dulcis, Manihot esculentus, Manihot manihot, Manihot melanobasis
Family: Euphorbiaceae

Manihot esculenta (commonly called cassava, yuca, manioc, "mandioca" and Brazilian arrowroot) is a woody shrub native to South America of the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae. It is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root, a major source of carbohydrates. Though it is often called yuca in Spanish and in the United States, it differs from the yucca, an unrelated fruit-bearing shrub in the family Asparagaceae. Cassava, when dried to a powdery (or pearly) extract, is called tapioca; its fermented, flaky version is named garri. []

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Cassava - habit (Manihot esculenta)
Cassava - habit (Manihot esculenta)
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Cassava - habit (Manihot esculenta)
Cassava - habit (Manihot esculenta)
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Cassava - habit (Manihot esculenta)
Cassava - habit (Manihot esculenta)
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Cassava - leaves (Manihot esculenta)
Cassava - leaves (Manihot esculenta)
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Cassava - leaves (Manihot esculenta)
Cassava - leaves (Manihot esculenta)
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Cassava - leaves and fruit (Manihot esculenta)
Cassava - leaves and fruit (Manihot esculenta)
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Cassava - leaves and fruit (Manihot esculenta)
Cassava - leaves and fruit (Manihot esculenta)
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Cassava - leaves and fruit (Manihot esculenta)
Cassava - leaves and fruit (Manihot esculenta)
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Cassava - variegata (Manihot esculenta)
Cassava - variegata (Manihot esculenta)
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Cassava - variegata (Manihot esculenta)
Cassava - variegata (Manihot esculenta)