American Groundnut – 7/11/15

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/11/15

Observation Time: 1:36 p.m.

Observation Location: near Gavins Pond

Common Name: American Groundnut

Scientific Name: Apios americana

Comments: Apios americana is found in every state east of the Rocky Mountains. It is a perennial vine that grows to 10 feet long in wet areas – marshy meadows and thickets, stream and pond banks, and moist woodlands. Both the tuber and the seeds are edible. Apios americana was a noteworthy food of both native Americans as well as early colonists of New England. It is a good source of carbohydrates and protein.

More Information: Wildflowers of the United States