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Genus: Maranta

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 > Family: Marantaceae

Two species cultivated.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Maranta bicolor

Native to Brazil and Guyana.


Maranta leuconeura

Native to Brazil.



  • Archer, C. 2003. Strelitziaceae. In Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds), Plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14: 1212. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.