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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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Maranta
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Maranta
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Maranta
Wikipedia: Maranta
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Maranta
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Maranta

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Maranta.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2085, retrieved 4 December 2021

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