Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

Scientific name: Ipomoea batatas L.

English name: Sweet Potato.

Local names: Misti Aloo, LomhoAloo, Ranga Aloo.






Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1988)

Kingdom: Plantae
Division   : Magnoliophyta
Class : Magnoliopsida
Order : Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus : Ipomoea
Species :I. batatas

Botanical Description of Sweet Potato

Habit: Cultivated herb, a trailer.

Root: Tap root, root modified into tuber, elongated.

Stem:  Stem prostrate, v trailing on the ground.

Leaf: Leaves pedat 10 x 5-9 cm, ovate to orbicular, base cordate or truncate, glabrous or sparsely hairy.

Inflorescence: Flowers 1 to several in axillary cymose.

Flower: Complete, actinomorphic

Calyx: Calyx lobes unequal, sepals oblong, the inner ones usually longer than the outer, cuspidate.

Corolla:  Corolla campanulate to funnel- shaped. 3.0-4.5 cm long, glabrous, pale violet.

Androecium: stamens 0.7-1.0 cm long, included, filaments hairy at the base.

Gynoecium: ovary conic. 1.5 mm long, style 1 cm long.

Fruit:  a capsule, ovoid, rarely formed.

Chromosome number: 2n=30 (Fedorov, 1969)

Economic Importance: Sweet potato is a delicious vegetable and food as well. The root tubers are edible, leaves ground with salt are applied to whitlows. It has medicinal virtue as well. Roots are laxative and aphrodisiac, useful in strangury and diarrhoea.













































Table 1. Some sweet potato varieties are developed by Tuber Crop Research Center (TCRC), Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Joydebpur, Gazipur, Bangladesh


Serial NumberName of varietyDeveloped byGrowing seasonAverage Yield

(t ha-1)

1BARI Sweet potato- 1TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif40-50
2BARI Sweet potato- 2TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif40-45
3BARI Sweet potato- 3TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif40-45
4BARI Sweet potato- 4TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif40-45
5BARI Sweet potato- 5TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif40-45
6BARI Sweet potato- 6TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif40-45
7BARI Sweet potato- 7TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif40-45
8BARI Sweet potato -8TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif40-45
9BARI Sweet potato- 9TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif40-45
 10BARI Sweet potato-10


TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif35-40
 11BARI Sweet potato-11


TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif35-40
 12BARI Sweet potato-12


TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif35-40
 13BARI Sweet potato-13


TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif35-40
 14BARI Sweet potato-14


TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif30-40
 15BARI Sweet potato-15


TCRC, BARIRabi & Kharif30-40


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