Coming from the West Indies and America, the Indian shot has been much cultivated in Asia, Australia and Africa, given the value of the flour taken from its tubers.
The Indian shot is indeed abundant in areas of the Old Orchard of the Real Alcázar. Garden, that already from the Islamic era, had dedicated spaces to the acclimatization of species, that is, with the proper function of a botanical garden. That function was maintained and enhanced when new species from America arrived to Seville.
The Flemish physician Carolus Clusius (1526-1609) saw this plant in a garden in Lisbon, and it is interesting that he wrote down the popular Spanish name to register it, caña de cuentas. His relationship with the Iberian Peninsula, especially with Seville, was constant throughout his entire career. The fact that Clusius, one of the fathers of modern botany, maintained contact with Sevilla through physicians and traders like Simon de Tovar proves the importance of the city not only as a point of entry of exotic species but at the same time as a place where there were people capable to study what was happening. That is, to assimilate that these plants were new and worthy of interest, either out of curiosity or potential uses for humans.