Manihot esculenta

Scientific name: Manihot esculenta Crantz
Botanical family: EUPHORBIACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)


  • mannyòk
  • manyok


  • mannyòk
  • manyok

Dominican Republic:

  • yuca

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Herb or semiwoody monecousshrub, 1-3 m high, with large, tuberous roots.  Leaves alternate, spirally arranged, palmately 3-9 lobed, obovate-lanceolate, 4-20 cm x 1-6 cm, glabrous above and glaucous below, petiole 5-30 cm; inflorescence terminal cymose panicles; female flowers on pedicels 7-12 mm long, calyx lobe 7.5 – 10 mm long, male flowers on pedicels 4-6 mm long, calyx lobes 2-5 mm long, female flowers lower than the male flowers; fruit a dehiscent, globose capsule, 1.5 cm in long; seeds gray mottled,ellipsoid, ca.12 mm long.








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