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> flower (close-up)
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Close-up of potato 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.