Montoso Gardens Botanical Garden and Online Nursery, your source for exotic tropical plants. Calathea allouia, also known as leren, is a plant in the arrowroot family, native to northern South America and the Caribbean, It is considered native to Cuba. Guinea arrowroot or sweet corn root (Calathea allouia) is an oleiferous species which has been known and cultivated for a long time by the indigenous peoples.

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Calathea allouia Images – Useful Tropical Plants

This material comes from collections gathered within Amazonia. Archived from the original on In the INPA collection, the plants flower only in some 2 percent of the specimens and do not produce viable seeds. As no dalathea method has yet been discovered for maintaining the germinating capacity of I. It has ovoid or cylindrical, tuberous roots which ar 2 to 8 cm long and calathew to 4 cm in diameter.

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Following is a list of some of the varieties recognized as such by growers in the three countries: Indigenous people of the Americas have used the durable leaves to make traditional medicines and as baby clothing. Over species have been described, chiefly in tropical America.

Year ISBN Description The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc. Shade may facilitate the growth of the plants, but the best growth is achieved under cultivation conditions with full exposure to sunlight when the humidity, nutrients and soil drainage are not limiting factors. The current renewal of farming activities in fragile and complex environments such as the humid tropics, and more especially those of the Amazon region, represents an effort of synthesis in which science interprets traditional agricultural techniques, reconstructing them at a higher level.


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However, in the course of time it replaced the Paraguayan product, a development which became more marked clathea the war of the Triple Alliance Mixed system or system for the enrichment of the natural forest. Guinea arrowroot requires soils of medium texture because very clayey soils impair the development of the tuberous roots while in sandy soils its growth is deficient. Discovery of an ancient guayusa plantation in Colombia.

Harvard University, Botanical Museum Leafles 27 Calathea allouia Plant List: The tubers are 2 – 8cm long and 2 – 4cm in diameter[ ]. Readable yet also very detailed.

Comments have to be approved before they are shown here. Another two species of economic interest from the Marantaceae family are Ischnosiphon arouma, known as tiriti, the branches of which are used to make baskets, and Maranta arundinacea, known as arrowroot or araruta in Brazilwhose rhizome yields a starch of high viscosity. It is sustaining a loss of genetic variability because its cultivation is increasingly being abandoned.


Harvesting is caalathea mechanized and the pruning system is generally incorrect. calathes

Guinea arrowroot is normally grown in small areas calathfa subsistence farming is frequently carried out in association with cassava, plantain or fruit-trees. Since, generally speaking, this technique is accompanied by others that increase a,louia yield, such as cultivation care and improved pruning methods, the higher production cost is compensated for. Young tender flower spikes – cooked[]. It has recently been suggested that verticillata, a North American species, could be a source of biodegradable detergents because of its high saponin content.

We are currently updating this section. Tuberization begins at the end of the fibrous roots. The infraspecific classification of I.

It is native to northern South America and the Caribbean. The introduction into cultivation of improved cultivars is much less widespread. Genetic resources are maintained practically in situ by traditional growers and indigenous populations. Extractive exploitation of the allouiaa forest.

Calathea allouia

Archived copy as title Articles with ‘species’ microformats Taxonbars with automatically added basionyms. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Leren is mostly eaten as an hors d’oeuvre or appetizer. Flower head Photograph by: Glutamic-acid found in Root ppm. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs.