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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Up to the present, taking as a basis the morphological characteristics alone, at least two varieties calatbea recognized: Guinea arrowroot is normally grown in small areas where subsistence farming is frequently carried out in association with cassava, plantain or fruit-trees.

In the INPA collection, the plants flower only in some 2 percent of the specimens and do not produce viable seeds. Calathra arrowroot Calathea allouia. If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. For example, rising from a density of 1 to 1 plants per hectare still fairly widespread to a density of 2 or 4 plants per hectare, calaghea can increase from around 1 to 1 kg to 2 to 3 kg per hectare.

In former times, the plant played a more important role for making blankets, mattresses, pillows, baskets and umbrellas[ ].

Tubers, Root, Flowers, Leaves – flavour, Vegetable. Leren tubers can be stored at room temperatures for up to three months, but do not tolerate refrigeration well.

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Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. It prefers moist soil. Threonine found in Root ppm. In Brazilian Amazonia up to the end of the s, Guinea arrowroot was a vegetable cultivated on a small scale by traditional growers in their vegetable gardens and the tuberous roots were eaten cooked, accompanied by coffee.

Calathea allouia – Useful Tropical Plants

Although no archaeological remains have been found that show that it was used in pre-Columbian times, it is assumed that it was the Guarani Indians who taught the Spanish how to use it. However, this new method of management alters the models on which agroforestry was conceived: Potential areas for the introduction of this crop calatha subtropical regions with acid soils and a water supply similar to those of the species’ natural area of dispersal.

This experiment shows, furthermore, that too prolonged an allohia also has harmful effects. Views Read Edit View history. In spite of allouis costs, the yield per hectare greatly increases. Economic Botany 30 3: Boiled leren has a taste similar to sweet cornhence one of its common English names.

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There are high levels of all the other amino acids, chiefly the essential ones. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. Irrigation is an important factor in the productive process and must be constant throughout the plant’s cycle. This QR Code is unique to this page. Distributed throughout the world, Guinea arrowroot has been well accepted, but has not reached the point of being an important crop anywhere.

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In South America, the leaf dye is used in traditional medicine to treat cystitis and as a diuretic. Eventually, these efforts were successful, especially in Argentina.

The seeds are harvested in the region from February to April. It may be assumed that, at present, genetic erosion is high.

al,ouia Indigenous people of the Americas have used the durable leaves to make traditional medicines and as baby clothing.

Sweetcorn Root, Guinea Arrowroot. INTA in Argentina recently began to distribute seeds of clones and selected clonal progeny which, following comparative trials, demonstrated their superiority. Water supplements are a necessary condition for good yields. This aspect of the crop is a challenge to the researcher who must carefully choose the most appropriate direction for the development of the species.

The leaves are alternate, coriaceous and obovate with a serrate margin and obtuse apex.

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Histidine found in Root ppm. It has recently been suggested that verticillata, a North American species, could be a source of biodegradable detergents because of its high saponin content.

Guinea arrowroot, sweet corn root Caribbean topeetampo, topi-tamboo, topinambour; Spanish: Harvard University, Botanical Museum Leafles 27 Of those most frequently referred to, the following deserve mention: The tuberous roots contain 13 to 15 percent starch and 6.

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