Title Info
Common name Potato
Scientific name Solanum tuberosum
Taxonomic group Solanaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants
Food plants Vegetables; Root crops
Potato, <i>Solanum tuberosum</i>, in flower
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Potato plant in flower. Native to the Andes of South America, potatoes appear to have been cultivated for 7,000 years. The Andes region is still home to large numbers of potato varieties.