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Taxon: Apios americana Medik.

Genus: Apios
Family: Fabaceae (alt. Leguminosae) subfamily: Faboideae tribe: Phaseoleae. Also placed in: Papilionaceae
Nomen number: 310730
Place of publication: Vorles. Churpfälz. Phys.-Öcon. Ges. 2:355. 1787
Comment: a replacement name for Glycine apios L.
Name verified on: 11-Dec-2009 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 11-Dec-2009
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • American potato-bean   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • apios   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – English
  • ground-bean   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • groundnut   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • wild bean   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • gland de terre   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Erdbirne   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • troque   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Italian
  • apio tuberoso   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • potatisböna   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Human food: potential as vegetable   (fide Blackmon & Reynolds)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
  • NORTHERN AMERICA (Check conservation status in U.S. & Canada in NatureServe Explorer database)
    Eastern Canada: Canada - New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario [s.], Quebec [s.]
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, Iowa, Kansas [n.e.], Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma [e.], South Dakota [e.], Wisconsin
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Colorado [n.-c.]
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas




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Images or nodulation data:

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  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (04 October 2015)

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