Brazilian Star Calathea
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Brazilian Star Calathea
P Introduced Photo: Preetha P.S.
Common name: Brazilian Star Calathea, Star Calathea
Botanical name: Goeppertia loeseneri    Family: Marantaceae (Arrowroot family)
Synonyms: Calathea loeseneri

Brazilian Star Calathea is an evergreen tropical perennial herb with a clump forming habit. Its mid green leaves have a light green midrib, are ovate with entire margins, up to 40 cm long and 15 cm wide. Its white to pale pink flowers are up to 7 cm across and appear in a cluster at branch-ends on erect stems. The cluster resembles a single, large, star-shaped flower. It is composed of white to pinkish, lance-shaped bracts that look like petals and inprominent, small, white flowers. The flowers are fairly insignificant and do not have any fragrance. Brazilian Star Calathea is native to Peru, northern Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador, cultivated worldwide.

Identification credit: Preetha P.S. Photographed in cultivation in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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