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  Maranta arundinacea L.
  Family Name : Marantaceae

  Common Names : Arrowroot, West Indian Arrowroot

  Chinese Name : 竹芋

 
Arrowroot,West Indian Arrowroot
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Herbaceous Plant
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Central and South America
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is an erect perennial plant growing about 0.5-1 m tall.
      Roots: Its rhizomes are cylindrical and fleshy, usually whitish colored.
      Foliage: Leaves are bright green and elongated with pointed tips.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Storage Organs)
      [Others]: The underground rhizomes are made into flour.
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Parks & Gardens, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Storage Organ
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      White
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