Common Name: Ahipa
Ahipa is a perennial climbing plant growing 30 - 60cm tall.
The plant is often cultivated for its edible root.
Only the root is safe to eat, the rest of the plant contains toxin that may be toxic to humans[
S. America - Argentina, Bolivia and Peru.
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Succeeding in tropical to subtropical climates, the plant can be found at elevations from sea level to 3,000 metres. It grows best in areas where the mean temperature ranges from a minimum of 12Â°c to a maximum of 22Â°c, though it can tolerate 10 - 30Â°c[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall of 800 - 1,200mm, though it will tolerate 750 - 1,250mm[
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a fertile, well-drained, sandy to loamy soil[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 5.5 - 6.5, though it can tolerate 5 - 7[
The plant begins flowering about 75 days after planting and harvest takes place after 150 - 180 days[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
Root - raw or cooked[
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