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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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. Potential areas for the introduction of this crop are subtropical regions with acid soils and a water supply similar to those of the species’ natural area of dispersal. Leren allouia adapted to a tropical climate with alternating rainy and dry seasons. Now containing calayhea. It is cooked in water for 15 to 20 minutes and its flavour is similar to that of cooked green maize.

Calathea allouia Plant List: Calathea allouia allouua a perennial species which forms clusters of 1 m in height. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 1, – 2,mm, but tolerates – 2,mm[ ].

At the end of the nineteenth century, the limitations of the exhaustive exploitation caltahea this forestry resource stimulated efforts to produce large plantations of I. In the last 30 years, traditional growers have gradually abandoned cultivation of Guinea arrowroot. Economic Botany 30 3: Prefers a moist, humus-rich, freely-draining soil[ ].


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Observations indicate that denser plantings are to be more recommended. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. Methionine found in Root ppm. Guinea arrowroot, sweet corn root Caribbean topeetampo, topi-tamboo, topinambour; Spanish: The plants are generally planted with 0. Leren usually reproduces itself through rhizomes which produce shoots and new plants. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.

Aspartic-acid found in Root ppm. In Pueno Rico, it has been noted that, when the rhizomes are planted during the November-December period, no dormancy is exhibited, and tuberization is high with sowing in mid-November and in full sun. Views Read Edit View history. Infraspecific variability of I. There are high levels of all the other amino acids, chiefly the essential ones.

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Shemluck, also marketed by the Jesuits from that region in Quito. London, Tropical Products Institute. The introduction into cultivation of improved cultivars is much less widespread. Threonine found in Root ppm. After harvesting, these may remain for up to ten weeks in open and ventilated environments.

The genus Calathea has wide genetic diversity. The larvae of coleoptera and lepidoptera cause lesions in the rhizomes and tubers while mite damage has been seen on the leaves alouia causes the plants to die.


Productivity per plant is between and g. The evolution of Guinea arrowroot has the exceptional characteristic of being included within the limits of a traditional agriculture or an indigenous agriculture.

For a list of references used on this page please go here A special thanks to Ken Fern for some of the information used on this page. The roots foreground for sale in a market Photograph by: The physical and chemical qualities of the soil affect Guinea arrowroot’s productivity.

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This QR Code is unique to this page. It is hardy to zone UK This page was last edited on 24 Mayat A commercially cultivated vegetable. It produces egg-shaped tuberous roots 2 centimetres 0. QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone smartphone cameras.

Rich in starch[ ]. In fact, the gradual abandonment of its cultivation by traditional farmers may lead to an extreme reduction in genetic variability and even to extinction of the species.