Wednesday, February 01, 2006

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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At 12:56 AM, Blogger Jackie said...

Thanks for the "toxic to cats" warning.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger 1138 said...

How toxic?

At 9:05 PM, Blogger nanc said...

thank you for commenting at curtains - you have so many blogs i don't know where to comment!

you and my husband would get along splashingly - he' a plant geek also...

At 2:13 AM, Blogger AL said...

oooopppsss... that plant should not be around my place. I have a cat.

At 4:42 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

And thank you for visiting my site! I had the same problem as, Nanc! So many blogs, so little time...
If you are interested in the chicken-tortellini soup recipe, try the Jan. archive.
I used to do a lot more with plants when my late was alive. He had the green thumb, mine is sort of brown! LOL!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!


At 9:52 PM, Blogger Glennis said...

I had no idea the Prayer plant was toxic to cats, thanks for passing that on. And for other interesting things in other posts!


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