Solanum tuberosum L.
Common Name: POTATO
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad P-Forb

Disturbed ground, ditch banks, and abandoned fields; not really established anywhere out of cultivation, but treated here because it is regularly introduced. The potato’s ancestors were originally native in highlands of South America, but our well-known vegetable was developed in cultivation over thousands of years.

Surviving, where dumped, long enough to flower or occasionally for as long as 5 years in abandoned fields; First collected in 1892 in St. Clair Co., but doubtless the humble potato is more common as a waif than the few collections suggest.

Locations

Baraga County
Berrien County
Cheboygan County
Kalamazoo County
Leelanau County
St. Clair County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. July 18, 2018. https://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2716.