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Ctenanthe oppenheimiana


Ctenanthe oppenheimiana (E.Morren) K.Schum.

Family Name: Marantaceae
Synonyms: Calathea oppenheimiana
Common Name: Giant Bamburanta, Never Never Plant


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Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Brazil
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A herbaceous plant that can reach 0.5m – 1m tall.
Foliage Leaves are lance shaped (30 cm long, 10 cm wide), glabrous and arranged in alternate manner.  Upper surface is green with sliver marking while the underside is dark red. 
Flowers Flowers are white and insignificant.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Flowerbed / Border, Skyrise / Balcony, Container Planting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Propagation Method Seed, Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Purple, Silver / Grey
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Alternate
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Oblong)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire

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Master ID 31645
Species ID 6044
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Species record last updated on: 23 February 2022.