Cassava is botanically named Manihot esculenta and belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. It is a perennial woody shrub. In the sense the stem is strong and wooden-like. The roots are edible part of the plant and it is rich in carbohydrates. The shrub can grow up to 9 feet high and the tubers are on an average, 30 cm long. However some can grow up to a meter in length.
The plants are extremely drought resistant and are largely unaffected by the vagaries of nature. It forms a natural living fence to your garden or farm.