Taxon: Maranta arundinacea L.

 
Genus: Maranta
Family: Marantaceae
Nomen number: 23393
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:2. 1753
Name Verified on: 23-May-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 16-Jun-1998
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 7 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide F LAnt; Orn Pl Guian)
  • Human food: starch (use for patients with diarrhoea fide Pl Book)
  • Materials: gum/resin (for carbon-less computer paper fide Pl Book)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:

    Other:

    . exact native range in neotropics obscure

    Native:

  • Northern America

    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - San Luis Potosi, - Sinaloa, - Tamaulipas
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, - Colima, - Guerrero, - Jalisco, - Mexico, - Michoacan, - Morelos, - Oaxaca, - Puebla, - Tabasco, - Veracruz, - Yucatan
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil
    • Caribbean: Cuba; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Martinique; Puerto Rico; St. Vincent and Grenadines; Virgin Islands (U.S.) - St. Croix
    • Central America: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama
    • Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela
    • Western South America: Colombia; Ecuador

  • Cultivated:

    . widely cult. in tropics

References:

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & M. T. Strong 2005. Monocotyledons and gymnosperms of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 52:197-198.
  • Adams, C. Flowering plants of Jamaica. 1972 (F Jam)
  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on www.skud.info) (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  • Andersson, L. 1986. Revision of Maranta subgen. Maranta Nordic J. Bot. 6:739.
  • Boggan, J. et al. Checklist of the plants of the Guianas. 1992 (L Guianas)
  • Brako, L. & J. L. Zarucchi Catalogue of the flowering plants and gymnosperms of Peru. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45. 1993 (L Peru)
  • D'Arcy, W. G. Flora of Panama: checklist and index. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. vols. 17-18. 1987 (L Panama)
  • DeFilipps, R. A. Ornamental garden plants of the Guianas. 1992 (Orn Pl Guian)
  • Dubs, B. Prodromus florae matogrossensis. Botany of Mato Grosso, series B, no. 3. 1998 (L Mato Grosso)
  • Duke, J. A. et al. CRC Handbook of medicinal herbs. 2002 (CRC MedHerbs ed2)
  • Flach, M. & F. Rumawas, eds. 1996. Plants yielding non-seed carbohydrates (Pl Res SEAs) 9:113-116.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Harling, G. & B. Sparre, eds. Flora of Ecuador. 1973- (F Ecuador)
  • Howard, R. 1979. Flora of the lesser Antilles. 1974-1989 (F LAnt) 3:548.
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Liogier, H. A. & L. F. Martorell Flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands: a systematic synopsis. 1982 (F PR)
  • Mabberley, D. J. The plant-book: a portable dictionary of the vascular plants, ed. 2. 1997 (Pl Book)
  • Markle, G. M. et al., eds. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2. 1998 (Food Feed Crops US)
  • McGuffin, M., J. T. Kartesz, A. Y. Leung, & A. O. Tucker Herbs of commerce, ed. 2. 2000 (Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • McVaugh, R. Flora Novo-Galiciana. 1983- (F NGalicia)
  • Núñez Meléndez, E. Plantas medicinales de Puerto Rico: Folklore y fundamentos científicos. 1982 (Pl Med PR)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Pulle, A. A. et al., eds. Flora of Suriname. 1932- (F Suriname)
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark Flora of Guatemala. 1946-1976 (F Guat)
  • Wiersema, J. H. & B. León World economic plants: a standard reference (on-line edition) [medicinal plants only]. (World Econ Pl Med)

Check other web resources for Maranta arundinacea L. :

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.