1370.000 Maranta L.

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

Description of the genus

Herbs, terrestrial, prostrate, scandent or upright, usually dying back to rhizome in dry season; rhizomes sometimes swollen, storing starch; stems branched or unbranched. Leaves sheath usually auriculate, not spongy; lamina (patterned) green, ovate or elliptic. Inflorescence usually 2-several per shoot, spike-like, unbranched; bracts persistent; prophylls keeled, membranous; staminoids white (purple); sepals persistent in fruit; corolla white, lobes unequal. Fruit capsules, 1 seeded, obliquely ellipsoid, pericarp thin, dehiscent. Seeds brown, ellipsoid; aril conspicuous, white.

Worldwide: 32 species in tropical and sub-tropical regions of Mexico, West Indies, Central and South America.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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arundinacea L.

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Maranta.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2085, retrieved 3 June 2023

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