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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Marantaceae

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Zingiberales

There are 31 genera and 550 species (tropics and subtropics, mainly American), none of which is native to southern Africa. Five genera and nine species have been recorded as being cultivated in southern Africa.

Genera cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).


Four species cultivated.



Two species cultivated.


Stromanthe sanguinea

Native to Brazil.


Ctenanthe setosa

Native to Brazil.


Thalia dealbata

Native to the southeastern USA.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated plants of southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.