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Leren

Llerenes, Topee-tambu

Marantaceae Calathea allouia (Aubl.) Lindl.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This plant is grown for the small potato-like tubers which remain crisp after boiling. Growth is erect. Four to ten leaves, each 2 to 4 feet long, and with blades up to 2 feet, rise from the crown. The tubers are produced entirely under ground. The crop is of local importance in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean areas.



Last update February 18, 1999 by ch