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Goeppertia zebrina

Goeppertia zebrina, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Zingiberales

Familia: Marantaceae
Genus: Goeppertia
Species: Goeppertia zebrina

Goeppertia zebrina (Sims) Nees Linnaea 6: 337. (1831)

Maranta zebrina Sims Bot. Mag. 44: t. 1926. (1817) BHL
Phrynium zebrinum (Sims) Roscoe Monandr. Pl. Scitam. t. 36. (1826)
Calathea zebrina (Sims) Lindl. Bot. Reg. 14: , sub pl. 1210. (1829)
Endocodon zebrina (Sims) Raf. Fl. Tellur. 4: 49. (1838)
Phyllodes zebrina (Sims) Kuntze Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 695. (1891)
Maranta bicolor Vell., Fl. Flumin. 1: 3, t. 7 (1829), nom. illeg.
Maranta pulchella Linden ex K.Koch, Berliner Allg. Gartenzeitung 1857: 243 (1857).
Phrynium bicolor K.Koch, Berliner Allg. Gartenzeitung 1857: 147 (1857).
Phrynium pulchellum Linden ex K.Koch, Berliner Allg. Gartenzeitung 1857: 149 (1857).
Calathea pulchella (Linden ex K.Koch) Körn., Gartenflora 7: 87 (1858).
Calathea zebrina var. humilior Körn., Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 35(I): 131 (1862).
Maranta binotii Pynaert, Nursery Cat. (Éd. Pynaert - Van Geert) 1882(Printemps): 16 (1882).
Phyllodes pulchella (Linden ex K.Koch) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 697 (1891).
Maranta tigrina W.Bull, Nursery Cat. (William Bull) 1904: 2 (1904).
Calathea binotii (Pynaert) Gentil, Pl. Cult. Serres Jard. Bot. Brux.: 43 (1907).
Calathea zebrina var. binotii L.H.Bailey & Raffill in L.H.Bailey, Stand. Cycl. Hort. 2: 624 (1914)


Nees von Esenbeck, C.G.D. 1831. Linnaea 6: 337. BHL
Borchsenius, F., Suárez, S. & Prince, L.M. 2012. Molecular phylogeny and redefined generic limits of Calathea (Marantaceae). Systematic Botany 37(3): 620–635 DOI: 10.1600/036364412X648571 ResearchGate Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2015. Goeppertia zebrina. Published online. Accessed: Apr. 19 2015. 2015. Goeppertia zebrina. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 19 Apr. 2015.

Vernacular names
English: Zebra Plant
suomi: Seepramaija

Calathea zebrina, the zebra plant, is a species of plant in the family Marantaceae, native to southeastern Brazil.[2][3][4] Under the synonym Goeppertia zebrina this plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5][6]


The Latin specific epithet zebrina means "with stripes like a zebra".[7]

It is an evergreen perennial growing to 1 m (3 ft 3 in). The long stalks to 30 cm (12 in) carry elliptical leaves 45 cm (18 in) or more long. The leaves are dark green above, dark red below, the spines, veins and margins etched in lime green.

It is tender, with a minimum temperature of 16 °C (61 °F) required, and in temperate areas is cultivated indoors as a houseplant. Normal room temperature, that is around 20°C, is a suitable temperature for this plant all year round. It prefers a brightly-lit spot, but does not tolerate direct sun. The soil[8] should be kept moist throughout the summer, when it cannot tolerate drought. Nutrition can be given every other week during the growing season from spring to fall, but no supplement during the winter. To give the blades a pleasant humidity, it can be showered with lukewarm water as often as possible. Replanting takes place when needed during the spring.[9]
See also

Maranta leuconeura, a similar looking houseplant of the same family

"The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species".
Rafinesque, Constantine Samuel. 1838. Flora Telluriana 4: 49-50, Endocodon
John Lindley. Edwards's Bot. Reg. 14: sub t. 1210 (1829)
Sims, John. 1817. Botanical Magazine 44: t. 1926, Maranta zebrina
"Goeppertia zebrina". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
"AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 43. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for Gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 978-1845337315.
"Calathea Zebrina, Calathea Zebra Plant Care Guide". Plants Insights.
RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.

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