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Cannaceae Canna 1 > Tuber/Root/Rhisome Macro 1

Common Name: 
Achira
Date Collected: 
Tue, 06/07/2005
Region: 
South America
Location Collected: 
Huaca San Miguel Lima, LI
Peru
Collection Type: 
Archaeological
Collection Context: 
Midden
Cultural Affiliation
1100
to 1500
Cultural Period: 
Late Horizon
Collection Origin: 
Archaeological Excavation
Species Native Homeland: 
South America
Collector: 
Enrique Bellido Cerda
Taxonomy
Title Type Botanical Part Date Collected
Tuber/Root/Rhisome Macro 1 Macro Tuber/Root/Rhisome
Image Type: 
Photo
Image Credit: 
Cindy Vergel
Analyst: 
Enrique Bellido Cerda
Botanical Part: 
Tuber/Root/Rhisome

The "Achira" (Canna indica) is one of the most consumed species by the preshipanic populations of the central Andes. Its current consumption is very small and rural eat (mostly in custards, as it is sweet), while in the cities of Peru, is only used as an ornamental for its flowers.