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Maranta L.
Sp. P1. 1: 2 (1753); emend. Eichler, Abh. K. Akad. Wissensch. Berlin 1883: 75-77 (1884); K. Schum., Pflanzenreich IV. 48: 123-137 (1902); Andersson, Nord. J. Bot. 1: 227-228 (1981), ibid. 6: 729-756 (1986), rev.

Description:
     Leaves homotropic or rarely antitropic; cauline leaves separated by distinct internodes. Cymules ± markedly dolichoblastic, interphyll absent, bracteoles absent (rarely rudimentary). Corolla tube 1/2 to twice the length of the lobes; outer staminodes 2, petaloid; cucullate staminode with a small, flat appendage near base of lobe; ovary with 1 ovulate (and 2 compressed) locules. Fruit dehiscent, seeds arillate, perisperm canal distally branched. (From Kubitzki, et al., p. 290)

Geographical Distribution:
     Found in humid areas of tropical America.

Taxonomic Diversity:
     About 25 species.

Common Names, Uses and Notes:
     IPNI lists over 100 species.

Maranta arundinacea L.
Maranta bicolor Ker Gawl.

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