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Ctenanthe burle-marxii 'Amagris'

Family Name: Marantaceae
Full Shade Semi Shade Lots of Water Moderate Water Occasional Misting Indoor Plant Ornamental Leaves Herbaceous Plant


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

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant


Native Distribution Of horticultural origin
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Rhizomatous herb to 30cm tall 
Foliage Leaves oblong, to 15cm long by 4cm wide, dull, pale greyish green, with dark green lines (0.1-0.5cm wide) along the veins on either side of the mid rib, tapering towards the edge of the leaves; mid rib dull light green. Under surface of leaves dull purple
Flowers Inflorescence to 10cm long, bracts pale greenish white, becoming dull yellow with age. Flowers white. 
Similar Similar to the species from which this clone is derived; the leaves of Ctenanthe burle-marxii  differ in having much thicker, lance shaped markings (to 1cm) on the veins.

Landscaping Features

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

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
Pest(s) Chewing Insects, Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Green - Light Green, Purple, Silver / Grey, Patterned
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White
Flower Texture(s) Thin
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

Image Repository



Master ID 31702
Species ID 6101
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.