Marantaceae (prayer plant family) 

    The Marantaceae is the second largest family in the Zingiberales order, with 30 genera and between 450 and 500 species.  They are found throughout tropical regions, but the greatest number of species is found in the American tropics.

    This family is distinguished by a swollen pulvinus between the leaf blade and petiole, sigmoid lateral veins and evenly spaced cross veins in the leaf blade, terminal pairs of flowers, and two inner modified stamens which cause an explosive release of pollen.  Many species of this family are used as ornamental plants.

    The following species are being grown at Montoso Gardens:

 

Scientific Name Common Name Plant Family

Calathea allouia

sweet-corn root

Marantaceae

Calathea burle-marxii 'Blue Ice'

blue calathea

Marantaceae

Calathea burle-marxii 'Green Ice'

green calathea

Marantaceae

Calathea burle-marxii 'White Ice'

white calathea

Marantaceae

Calathea crotalifera

yellow rattle shaker

Marantaceae

Calathea crotalifera 'Orange Rattle'

orange rattle shaker

Marantaceae

Calathea crotalifera 'Red Rattle'

red rattle shaker

Marantaceae

Calathea crotalifera 'White Rattle II'

white rattle shaker

Marantaceae

Calathea loesnerii

crocus calathea

Marantaceae

Calathea louisae

 

Marantaceae

Calathea lutea

cigar flower

Marantaceae

Calathea ornata

pink stripe calathea

Marantaceae

Maranta arundinacea 'Variegada'

variegated arrowroot

Marantaceae

Pleiostachya pruinosa wheat calathea Marantaceae

 

 
 

 

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