1369.000 Calathea G. Mey.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Calathea 2084 Herbs, perennial, stems leafy at base, simple or rarely branched. Leaves vaginate, on long or short petiole, the sheath not produced at the apex. Inflorescence spicate, spikes sessile or pedunclulate; peduncle naked or bearing a single leaf, rarely 2 leaves; bracts usually spirally arranged and closely imbricate, rarely distichus; pairs of flowers usually more than 3 in each bract; sepals equal or nearly so, small or large; corolla tube equalling or much larger than sepals. Fruits capsules, small, cartilaginous thickened at apex, sometimes tricorniculate, crustaceous or harder. Seeds trigonous, convex dorsally, arillate.

Worldwide: 300 species in tropical America

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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ornata (Lindl.) Korn

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Calathea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Calathea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Calathea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Calathea
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iNaturalist: Calathea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Calathea
JSTOR Plant Science: Calathea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Calathea
Plants of the World Online: Calathea
Tropicos: Calathea
Wikipedia: Calathea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Calathea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2084, retrieved 24 May 2024

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