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Lepidium meyenii

Description
Life formherbPhysiologysingle stem
Habitprostrate/procumbent/semi-erect, acaulescent (or rosette plants)Categoryroots/tubers
Life spanperennialPlant attributesgrown on small scale

Ecology
OptimalAbsoluteOptimalAbsolute
MinMaxMinMaxSoil depthmedium (50-150 cm)medium (50-150 cm)
Temperat. requir.1218322Soil textureheavyheavy, medium
Rainfall (annual)6008005001000Soil fertilityhighmoderate
Latitude10-20-Soil Al. tox
Altitude --- --- 35004500Soil salinitylow (<4 dS/m)low (<4 dS/m)
Soil PH6.57.568.5Soil drainagewell (dry spells)well (dry spells)
Light intensityvery brightvery brightvery brightclear skies

Climate zonetropical wet & dry (Aw), tropical wet (Ar), steppe or semiarid (Bs)Photoperiodshort day (<12 hours)
Killing temp. during rest-20Killing temp. early growth-10
Abiotic toler.Abiotic suscept.
Introduction risks.

Cultivation
MinMax
Product. systemsmall scale (manual)Crop cycle180270
Cropping systemSubsystemCompanion speciesLevel of mechanizationLabour intensity
permanent rainfedinter-croppingbitter-potatolowmedium
permanent rainfedley croppinglowmedium

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Uses
Main useDetailed useUsed part
food & beveragevitaminsroots
food & beveragestarchroots
animal food (feed)mineralsroots
medicinalnutritional applicationsroots
food & beveragemineralsroots