Manihot esculenta

Cassava Plant, Manihot esculenta, Kenya; photo © by Michael Plagens

Part of a mixed crop subsistence farm near Kitale, Kenya, Africa. October 2016.

SHRUBBY: Largely herbaceous above but lower stems are woody. Plants several meters tall are not uncommon.


LEAVES: Dark green, palmately lobed leaves with 7 to 9 acute divisions.

RANGE: This plant is native to South America. It is now cultivated in tropical climates worldwide.


UNARMED. The plant is well known for its toxic properties and preparation of the starch-filled root must remove the toxins prior to consumption.

Euphorbiaceae -- Spurge Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 14 June 2017.