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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Cycle of the xanthines in the species and its relatives; toxic and undesirable compounds of allied species; analytical determination of the infusion’s flavour components. Improvements in the drying and accelerated seasoning systems without organoleptic losses; alternative industries with cultivation by-products.

Aspartic-acid found in Root ppm. Leren was being grown there to be eaten raw, dried, or ground into flour. Shemluck, also marketed by the Jesuits from that region in Quito. The larvae of coleoptera and lepidoptera cause lesions in the rhizomes and tubers while mite damage has been seen on the leaves and causes the plants to die. However, the most usual way is to hoe the soil carefully around the plant so as to facilitate its removal without damaging the tuberous roots.

In fact, the gradual abandonment of its cultivation by traditional farmers may calathwa to an extreme reduction in genetic variability and even to extinction of the species. However, this new method of management alters the models on which agroforestry was conceived: Right plant wrong place.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Grows best in full sun or light shade[ ]. Prefers a pH in the range 6 – 7, tolerating 5. Following is a list of some of the varieties recognized as such by growers in the three countries: You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box.


Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. Its main use is in infusions prepared as tea with leaves and dried stems which have been industrially shredded. The crisp cooked tubers are very agreeable with a flavour like sweetcorn[ ]. It is a tree characteristic of the area of transition between the forests of Myrtaceae and alder Alnus spp. It is hardy to zone UK Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs.

Moist or wet, mixed forest, at elevations of 1, meters or less, most frequent at low elevations[ ]. This is undoubtedly the best system, and came into general use in Argentina around The cooked tuber is covered with a thin, edible skin which is most easily peeled after cooking. Archived from the original on They are thought to constitute land management methods which are more ecologically suited to the humid tropics.

The cycle from planting to harvesting lasts nine to 14 months, depending on the climatic conditions. The flowers are small, and simple, number four or five and have a whitish corolla. Serine found in Root ppm. Harvard University, Botanical Museum Leafles 27 Guinea arrowroot Calathea allouia.

Guinea arrowroot or sweet corn root Calathea allouia is cakathea oleiferous species which has been known and cultivated for a long time by the indigenous peoples of tropical America. The wild species closest to I.

Calathea allouia is a perennial species which forms clusters of 1 m in height. By irrigating the plantation in critical periods, a product yield of close to 15 tonnes per hectare and with more uniform roots has been achieved in Manaus.


Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Tuberization begins at the end of the fibrous roots. It is antagonistic to the gall nematode, Meloidogyne incognita, because of its root secretions which impair the larvae’s hatching, penetration and reproduction.

Calathea allouia

It produces egg-shaped tuberous roots 2 centimetres 0. The right soil for growing Guinea arrowroot seems to be clayeyloam, which retains nutrients and calatbea good drainage, although calathae matter also needs to be added. Since, generally speaking, this technique is accompanied by others that increase the yield, such as cultivation care and improved pruning methods, the higher production cost is compensated for.

Not allouka the casual reader. Retrieved from ” https: The relatively short period of viability together with the low germination rate immature embryos, phytosanitary problems have undoubtedly been the cause of the difficulties in its cultivation spreading to other continents in the past.

Additional experiments are necessary if the intention is to increase the rooting percentage. London, Tropical Products Institute. Pflanzenfam 2nd ed, p It has recently been suggested that verticillata, a North American species, could be a source of biodegradable detergents a,louia of its high saponin content. It prefers moist soil. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 22 – 31c, but can tolerate 16 – 35c[ ].