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Marantochloa cuspidata (Roscoe) Milne-Redh.

Family Name: Marantaceae
Full Shade Semi-Shade Lots of Water Moderate Water Occasional Misting Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Foliage


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Senegal to Ivory Coast

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Rhizomatous herb to 1.5m tall, forming dense stands where growing conditions are ideal
Foliage Leafy stems unbranched, leaf blades light - dark green, to 20cm.
Flowers Inflorescence erect, bending over and becoming pendent with age. Flowers yellow.
Ethnobotanical Uses [Others]: Leaves harvested and used for wrapping and thatching

Landscaping Features

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

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water, Moderate Water, Occasional Misting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Thin
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 31292
Species ID 5689
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.