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Classification System: APG IV

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

Familia: Marantaceae
Genus: Ctenanthe
Species: C. amabilis – C. amphiandina – C. burle-marxii – C. casupoides – C. compressa – C. dasycarpa – C. ericae – C. glabra – C. kummeriana – C. lanceolata – C. lubbersiana – C. marantifolia – C. muelleri – C. oppenheimiana - C. setosa


Ctenanthe Eichler, Abh. Königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1884: 81 (1884)

Type species: Ctenanthe marantifolia (Vell.) J.M.A.Braga & H.Gomes, Kew Bull. 62: 647 (2007) Designated as synonym Ctenanthe pilosa Eichler, Abh. Königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1884: 83 (1884).


Eichler, A.W. (1884) Abhandlungen der Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1884: 83.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2015. Ctenanthe in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2015 Apr. 28. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2015. Ctenanthe. Published online. Accessed: Apr. 28 2015. 2015. Ctenanthe. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 28 Apr. 2015.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Ctenanthe in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 08-Apr-12.

Ctenanthe is a genus of flowering plants of the family Marantaceae described as a genus in 1884.[1][2] They are evergreen perennials, native to Central and South America (primarily Brazil).[3][4] They are grown for their attractive, often variegated foliage. They are frost tender, requiring a minimum temperature of 13 °C (55 °F).[5]

The genus has the following species:[3]

Ctenanthe amabilis - Brazil
Ctenanthe amphiandina - Ecuador, Peru, NW Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia[6]
Ctenanthe burle-marxii - Espírito Santo
Ctenanthe casupoides - E + S Brazil, Misiones
Ctenanthe compressa - Venezuela, Brazil
Ctenanthe dasycarpa - Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia
Ctenanthe ericae - SE Colombia, Ecuador, Acre, Rondônia
Ctenanthe glabra - Brazil
Ctenanthe kummerana - Rio de Janeiro
Ctenanthe lanceolata - S + SE Brazil
Ctenanthe lubbersiana - Minas Gerais, Santa Catarina
Ctenanthe marantifolia - SE Brazil
Ctenanthe muelleri - S + SE Brazil
Ctenanthe oppenheimiana - Bahia
Ctenanthe setosa - S + E Brazil


The Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit has been awarded to the following:

Ctenanthe amabilis[7]
Ctenanthe lubbersiana [8] (common name: bamburanta), which grows to 2 m (7 ft) and bears large, oval leaves up to 30 cm (12 in) long, heavily striped and mottled with yellow
Ctenanthe oppenheimiana 'Tricolor' [9] (common name "never-never plant"), which grows to 2 m (7 ft) with narrow, oval leaves up to 40 cm (16 in) long with V-shaped silver patterns above and maroon below.[10]


Eichler, August Wilhelm. 1884. Abhandlungen der Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1884: 81-84 descriptions in Latin, commentary in German
Tropicos, Ctenanthe Eichler
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Forzza, R. C. 2010. Lista de espécies Flora do Brasil "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-08-20.. Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
Tropicos, specimens for Ctenanthe amphiandina L. Andersson
"Ctenanthe amabilis". RHS. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
"Ctenanthe lubbersiana'". RHS. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
"Ctenanthe oppenheimiana 'Tricolor'". RHS. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
Idárraga-Piedrahita, A., R. D. C. Ortiz, R. Callejas Posada & M. Merello. (eds.) 2011. Flora de Antioquia: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares 2: 9–939. Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín

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