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Taxon: Goeppertia allouia (Aubl.) Borchs. & S. Suárez

Genus: Goeppertia
Family: Marantaceae
Nomen number: 465813
Place of publication: Syst. Bot. 37:629. 2012
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 23-Feb-2015 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 5 (2 active, 1 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

  • Guinea arrowroot  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • sweet corn-tuber  (Source: Econ Bot) - English
  • topinambour  (Source: Econ Bot) - French
  • topinambour blanc  (Source: pers. comm.) - French
  • Guinea-Korbmaranthe  (Source: Zander ed17) - German
  • alleluia  (Source: Econ Bot) - Spanish
  • bijagua  (Source: Econ Bot) - Spanish
  • lerén  (Source: Econ Bot) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: vegetable (tubers fide Econ Bot 30:249-256. 1976, as Calathea allouia)

Distributional Range:


    Southern America
    • CARIBBEAN: Cuba, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Hispaniola, Martinique, St. Vincent and Grenadines, [Saint Vincent] Trinidad and Tobago, [Trinidad] United States [Puerto Rico]
    • NORTHERN SOUTH AMERICA: French Guiana, Venezuela
    • BRAZIL: Brazil
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Colombia, Peru

    Cultivated (cult. in neotropics)

    Naturalized (natzd. in neotropics)

    Other (exact native range obscure)


  1. Borschenius, F. et al. 2012. Molecular phylogeny and redefined generic limits of Calathea (Marantaceae). Syst. Bot. 37:620-635. URL: www.aspt.net/systematic-botany

Check other web resources for Goeppertia allouia (Aubl.) Borchs. & S. Suárez :

  • PLANTS: USDA-NRCS Database of Plants of the United States and its Territories
  • BONAP North American Plant Atlas of the Biota of North America Program:
  • 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.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=465813. Accessed 2 April 2020.