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Manihot glaziovii. Family. Euphorbiaceae. Botanical Name. Manihot glaziovii Mueller, J. von (Aargau) in Martius, C.F.P. von () Flora Brasiliensis . Manihot glaziovii. Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne Zomba Community. Manihot glaziovii. Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne Zomba Community. Manihot glaziovii. Family Name: Euphorbiaceae. Synonyms: Manihot glaziovii. Common Names: Ceara Rubber Tree, False Tapioca, Manicoba, Ubi.

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The genus is made up of monoecious trees, shrubs, and herbs. Central Brazil has the highest diversity, of about 40 Manihot species.

Manihot carthaginensis glaziovii

Most Manihot species grow in seasonally dry conditions, are sporadically distributed, and never become the dominant species Rogers and Appan, Manihot glaziovii growing the greenhouse. Possible symptoms of cold damage can be seen in the loss of lower leaves. The specimen in maniot greenhouse is only 1m, and so has a long way to go.

The bark is smooth and pale grey, but can also be papery in texture. The leaves have nine lobes and peltate attachment to the petiole the petiole attaches to the lower surface instead of the margin. Ceara rubber has high endurance while in raw form, and so was easily stored.

Another species of Manihot recently planted in the greenhouse is M. The cultigens of cassava have shown reduced ability to set seed compared to wild Manihot species Jennings, meaning cassava has been propagated vegetatively for a long time.

Roots of the cassava are tuberous and firm, similar to a potato, but are long and taper to a point They can be up to 50cm long.

These root tubers are highly tlaziovii in starch, and contain high amounts of calcium. The stems are erect and radiate out from the tuber. Another distinction is that M.

A manihor of Manihot esculenta. Manhot one was bought from a local supermarket. They are coated in wax to prolong freshness. This one was cleaned and planted in the tropical greenhouse. Cassava does best in soil that is light, loamy and medium fertility, with good drainage. In conditions of very high fertility, cassava produces excessive vegetation, at the expense of tuber formation Onwueme, The tuber formation is controlled by the photo period.


Under short day conditions, tubers will readily occur, but when day length is greater than hours, tubering is delayed, and subsequent yields are lower Bolhuis, ; Mogilner et al. This makes cassava well suited to tropical environments.

Manihot glaziovii & Manihot esculenta – Two shrubs with history

Manihot esculenta is glaziiovii important food source for millions Cassava is the third most important source of calories in the tropics, after rice and maize. The second problem is the roots and leaves contain cyanide. The traditional processes used in Africa, to make cassava palatable and safe to eat are thought to have originated from Latin America.

Cassava can be processed in a number of ways, which ,anihot the amounts glaziivii toxic cyanogenic glucosides which when hydrolised release hydrocyanic acid HCN in various amounts. A popular method is one used to make Garri also known as gari, garry, tapioca. The cassava tubers are peeled, washed, grated and then fermented anaerobically in sacks and pressed with stones for several days. It is then sieved and roasted, creating a flour like product which can be stored for much longer periods.

The sweet variety has a lower HCN content, which is confined to the phelloderm bark of the tuber. The bitter variety has a higher HCN content, which is distributed throughout the tuber. One of the biggest threats to cassava is the Cassava Mosiac Disease. It is a viral disease that is prevalent in the cassava producing areas of Africa, India, and Indonesia, but rare in South America Onwueme, A cassava leaf showing symptoms of cassava mosaic virus symptoms include a yellow or white chlorosis of the young leaves, leaf distortion, and reduction in leaf size.


Due to the long history and widespread cultivation of cassava throughout the tropical world, it has many common names, a few of which I will cover here. Yuca Not to be confused with Yucca is used widely in Central and Southern America, and is thought to come from Taino, the native, pre-Columbian language of Haiti. Cassava also has a number of names in Africa.

Manihot carthaginensis subsp. glaziovii – Wikipedia

In the Zulu language it is called Unjumbula, and in the Tsonga language it is called Muthupula. But it appears that some people, who live in cooler climates, have been successful in finding ways round this.

Another comment states that the species can have the stem cutttings taken when the temperature drops, and these can be stored until spring. They claim it can grow 12 feet 3. Certainly a useful strategy. Influence of length of the illumination period on root formation in cassava. Netherlands Journal of Agricultural Science. Biology, Production and Utilization.

Variation in pollen and ovule fertility in varieties of cassava and the effect of interspecific crossing on fertility. Trial to study topophysis and photoperiodism in cassava. Effect of mosaic disease on cassava. The Journal of Agricultural Science The Tropical Tuber Crops. Flora neotropica Monograph No. Manicoba and Mangabeira rubbers.

Manihot glaziovii (ceara rubber)

Manihot glaziovii in the greenhouse Manihot glaziovii growing the greenhouse. A leaf of Manihot glaziovii. A cassava leaf showing symptoms of cassava mosaic virus.

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