Taxon: Apios americana Medik.

Genus: Apios
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
  Subfamily: Faboideae
      Tribe: Phaseoleae
Nomen number: 310730
Place of publication: Vorles. Churpfälz. Phys.-Öcon. Ges. 2:355. 1787
Comment: a replacement name for Glycine apios L.
Name Verified on: 11-Dec-2009 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 11-Dec-2009
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: potential as vegetable (fide Blackmon & Reynolds)
  • Gene sources: primary genetic relative of groundnut (based on allogamic diploid individuals fide Evolution 58:284. 2004)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Eastern Canada: Canada - New Brunswick, - Nova Scotia, - Ontario, - Quebec
    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, - Iowa, - Kansas, - Minnesota, - Missouri, - Nebraska, - Oklahoma, - South Dakota, - Wisconsin
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, - Indiana, - Maine, - Massachusetts, - Michigan, - New Hampshire, - New Jersey, - New York, - Ohio, - Pennsylvania, - Rhode Island, - Vermont, - West Virginia
    • Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Colorado
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Alabama, - Arkansas, - Delaware, - Florida, - Georgia, - Kentucky, - Louisiana, - Maryland, - Mississippi, - North Carolina, - South Carolina, - Tennessee, - Virginia, - District of Columbia


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