A tropical American plant that typically has variegated and ornamental leaves, widely grown as a greenhouse or indoor plant.
- Genus Calathea, family Marantaceae: many species.
- The maranta and calathea are other such plants.
- Good quality calatheas can be produced but careful attention must be given to the production environment.
- Many calatheas have a red or purple underside to their leaves, which adds subterfuge to their pest resistance.
Modern Latin, from Greek kalathos 'basket'.
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