Given its scientific name in 1766, by Heinrich Crantz using paintings made in Surinam in the early eighteenth century by the Dutch artist Maria Sibylla Merian. Carolus Linnaeus described cassava in 1753, but under the name Jatropha manihot.
Originally from South America, not known in a pure wild state.
perennial herb, grows easily from stem cuttings.
Parts used: large starchy
tubers are edible (some types have high poison content and need careful preparation) and are used as a source of commercial starch. Leaves are edible after boiling.