Calathea allouia

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Leren
Flower of the Calathea allouia.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Marantaceae
Genus: Calathea
Species: C. allouia
Binomial name
Calathea allouia
Lindl.
Synonyms[1]
  • Allouya americana (Lam.) A.Chev.
  • Curcuma americana Lam.
  • Maranta allouia Aubl.
  • Maranta niveiflora A.Dietr.
  • Maranta semperflorens Horan.
  • Phrynium allouia (Aubl.) Roscoe
  • Phyllodes allouia (Aubl.) Kuntze

Calathea allouia, also known as leren, is a plant in the arrowroot family, native to northern South America and the Caribbean, It is considered native to Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, the Lesser Antilles, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. It is reportedly naturalized in Jamaica[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Topee-Tambo, Trinidad and Tobago.JPG

Leren is grown as a minor root crop in tropical regions across the world.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". 
  2. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Calathea allouia
  3. ^ Lindley, John. 1829. Botanical Register 14: sub pl. 1210, Calathea allouia
  4. ^ Aublet, Jean Baptiste Christophe Fusée. 1775. Histoire des Plantes de la Guiane Françoise 1: 3–4, Maranta allouia
  5. ^ Forzza, R. C. 2010. Lista de espécies Flora do Brasil http://floradobrasil.jbrj.gov.br/2010. Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
  6. ^ Hokche, O., P. E. Berry & O. Huber. (eds.) 2008. Nuevo Catálogo de la Flora Vascular de Venezuela 1–860. Fundación Instituto Botánico de Venezuela, Caracas
  7. ^ Dodson, C.H., A.H. Gentry & F.M. Valverde Badillo. 1985. La Flora de Jauneche: Los Ríos, Ecuador 1–512. Banco Central del Ecuador, Quito.
  8. ^ Martin, F.W. & Cabanillas, E. (1976) Leren (Calathea allouia), a little known tuberous root crop of the Caribbean. Economic Botany 30(3):249-256