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[Lat.,=cane], any plant of the genus Canna, tropical and subtropical perennials, grown in temperate regions in parks and gardens for the large foliage and spikelike, usually red or yellow blossoms. Today, most cultivated cannas are hybrids, but two species are found wild in the S United States, one called Indian shot because of the hard shotlike seeds. C. edulis, Queensland arrowroot, is cultivated in the tropics for its rootstock, a commercial arrowrootarrowroot,
any plant of the genus Maranta, usually large perennial herbs, of the family Marantaceae, found chiefly in warm, swampy forest habitats of the Americas and sometimes cultivated for their ornamental leaves.
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 starch. Canna is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliopsida, order Zingiberales, family Cannaceae.



the only genus of the family Cannaceae. The plants are large perennial herbs with strong stalks; they often have tuberous thickened rhizomes. The leaves are large, broad, pinnately veined, and sheathed. The flowers are irregular, monoecious, large, and usually brightly colored; they are gathered into a paniculate terminal racemose or inflorescence. The perianth is binate. Only half of the anther of one stamen is fertile; the remaining half and the other stamens are petaloid and are stami-nodia. The stigma has a petal-like style. The ovary is inferior and trilocular. The fruit is a capsule. There are approximately 50 species, found in tropical and subtropical America. There are approximately 1,000 garden varieties (for example, Canna × genera lis and C. × hortensis), which are used in cultivation. They differ in color, leaf color, size, height of stalk, and form of the staminodia. The species Indian shot (C. indica) is cultivated in Europe as a greenhouse ornamental; C. edulis is grown in the Americas and Australia for its rhizomes, which contain starch from which the queensland arrowroot is obtained.

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They are sometimes susceptible to viruses, so watch your cannas carefully and destroy any that are suspect.
Some of the less hardy specimens such as cannas, dahlias and abutilons will be mulched over to protect them in the winter.
En la mayoria de los estudios citologicos realizados en Canna se determinaron los numeros cromosomicos (Offerijns 1936, Roy & De 1965, Mahanty 1970, Segeren & Maas 1971, Tanaka 2001, Chen et al.
Parisse hit back for Italy when he led a driving maul over the French line but Canna fluffed the conversion.
There was no letting up from Italy after the break, Canna finally bisecting the posts after an infringement by Eddy Ben Arous to put the visitors in front, and they led 18-10 after a try two minutes later.
Tommaso Boni added a second try with Canna slotting a drop-goal and another penalty before half-time with just a Ryan Lamb penalty to show for Warriors.
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Cannas come from the Caribbean and South America but thrive all over the world where conditions suit them, in warmer climes often escaping the confines of the garden and naturalising in the surrounding area.
La posible sintomatologia de origen fungico (varias pustulas amarillento claro en la parte superior e inferior de las hojas y peciolo) fue detectada en plantas del genero Canna de flores amarillas y rojas, establecidas en jardines de la Universidad Tecnica Estatal de Quevedo (UTEQ).
Home to just a handful of permanent residents, this is a site of which the Telegraph's Neil Tweedie recently wrote, "There is getting away from it all, and there is Canna.
London, May 20 ( ANI ): An ancient stone that was discovered by chance on the Isle of Canna is Scotland's first known example of a bullaun "cursing stone", according to experts.
Pollen morphology in species of Canna (Cannaceae), and systematics implications.