Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Zingiberales

Marantaceae

Andersson, (1981) Nordic. J. Bot. 1 48-56

Walters, S.M. et al. (eds) (1984) The European Garden Flora. Vol. II. Monocotyledons (Part II). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Description of the family

Perennial rhizomatous herbs. Leaves generally 2-ranked, usually with a well-developed winged sheath and false petiole; lamina pinnately veined. Inflorescence a spike raceme or head. Flowers bisexual, asymmetric. Calyx of 3 sepals. Corolla 3-lobed, united in a tube below. Fertile stamen 1, with several, variously petaloid, staminodes. Ovary inferior. Fruit fleshy or a capsule.

Worldwide: 29 genera and 535 species in the tropics, mainly America

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated genera and 2 cultivated taxa.

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Calathea G. Mey.
Maranta L.

Other sources of information about Marantaceae:

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Flora of Zambia: Marantaceae

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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Marantaceae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Marantaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=274, retrieved 30 September 2016

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