Manihot is a genus of 98 species in the family Euphorbiaceae native to tropical and warm America. The best known species of the genus is Manihot esculenta known as cassava.

Manihot esculenta is a woody tuberous shrub native to South America that is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root, commonly called yuca. Flour made from the tubers is called tapioca.

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