Calathea zebrina

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zebra plant
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Marantaceae
Genus: Calathea
Species: C. zebrina
Binomial name
Calathea zebrina
(Sims) Lindl.
  • Calathea binotii Gentil
  • Endocodon zebrina (Sims) Raf.
  • Goeppertia zebrina (Sims) Nees
  • Maranta bicolor Vell. nom. illeg.
  • Maranta pulchella Linden ex K.Koch
  • Maranta zebrina Sims
  • Phrynium bicolor K.Koch
  • Phrynium pulchellum Linden ex K.Koch
  • Phrynium zebrinum (Sims) Roscoe
  • Phyllodes zebrina (Sims) Kuntze

Calathea zebrina (zebra plant) is a species of plant in the family Marantaceae, native to southeastern Brazil.[2][3][4] It is an evergreen perennial growing to 1 m (3 ft 3 in). The long stalks to 30 cm (12 in) carry elliptical leaves 45 cm (18 in) or more long. The leaves are dark green above, dark red below, the spines, veins and margins etched in lime green. It is tender, with a minimum temperature of 16 °C (61 °F) required, and in temperate areas is cultivated indoors as a houseplant.[5]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6]