Common name: Canna, Keli केली (Hindi), Laphoorit (Manipuri)
Botanical name: Canna spp. Family: Cannaceae (canna family)
Canna or Canna lily are extermely common garden plants, that have large,
attractive foliage and horticulturists have
turned them into a large, brash, bright and sometimes gaudy, garden plant. In
addition, it is one of the world's richest starch sources, and is an
Though cannas are among our most common garden plants their flowers are among
the most complex and hard to interpret. In canna flowers the bright "petals"
are actually stamens modified to look like petals. Such modified stamens are
often called staminodia. Atop the green, roundish ovary arise three small,
usually green sepals, hidden by one of the petals in the image at the left,
but visible in the next picture. There are also three petals, which can be
green or colored.
Although all cannas are native to the South America, they have followed mankind's
journeys of discovery and some species are cultivated and naturalized in most
tropical and sub-tropical regions.