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Ctenanthe oppenheimiana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Marantaceae
Genus: Ctenanthe

Ctenanthe is a genus of flowering plants of the family Marantaceae described as a genus in 1884.[1][2] They are evergreen perennials, native to Central and South America (primarily Brazil).[3][4] They are grown for their attractive, often variegated foliage. They are frost tender, requiring a minimum temperature of 13 °C (55 °F).[5]

The Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit has been awarded to the species Ctenanthe lubbersiana[6] (common name: bamburanta), which grows to 2 m (7 ft) and bears large, oval leaves up to 30 cm (12 in) long, heavily striped and mottled with yellow, and the cultivar Ctenanthe oppenheimiana 'Tricolor'[7] (common name "never-never plant"), which grows to 2 m (7 ft) with narrow, oval leaves up to 40 cm (16 in) long with V-shaped silver patterns above and maroon below.[8]



  1. ^ Eichler, August Wilhelm. 1884. Abhandlungen der Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1884: 81-84 descriptions in Latin, commentary in German
  2. ^ Tropicos, Ctenanthe Eichler
  3. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ Forzza, R. C. 2010. Lista de espécies Flora do Brasil "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-08-20. . Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
  5. ^ RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  6. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Ctenanthe lubbersiana". Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Ctenanthe oppenheimiana 'Tricolor'". Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Idárraga-Piedrahita, A., R. D. C. Ortiz, R. Callejas Posada & M. Merello. (eds.) 2011. Flora de Antioquia: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares 2: 9–939. Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín
  9. ^ Tropicos, specimens for Ctenanthe amphiandina L. Andersson