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Goeppertia makoyana


Goeppertia makoyana

Family Name: Marantaceae
Synonyms: Maranta makoyana (E.Morren) E.Morren, Calathea makoyana
Common Name: Peacock Plant


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Brazil (Espirito Santo) 
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Herb to 30cm tall
Foliage Leaves to 10(12)cm long by 7cm wide. Base color of leaf blade very dull pale green. Veins and leaf edges dark green on upper surface, same areas on under surface dark purplish red, venation very distinct. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Small Gardens, Container Planting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Shade
Water Preference Occasional Misting, Lots of Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Purple, Green - Light Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Red
Young Flush Texture(s) Smooth
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

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Master ID 458
Species ID 1754
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.