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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.
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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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Die vraag tot watter mate en in watter vorm daar in die tekstuele en toneelmatige voorstellings van Kanna (in Kanna hy ko hystoe), Joanie (in Joanie Galant-hulle) en Map (in Krismis van Map Jacobs) van passiewe en daadwerklike verset sprake is, vorm gevolglik die probleem wat verder in hierdie bespreking ondersoek word.
Hierdie argument sou in 1985, dus ongeveer twee dekades na die verskyning van Kanna hy ko hystoe, ook opklink in Richard Rive (68) se bevraagtekening van die wenslikheid daarvan om Kaaps vir die skep van poesie aan te wend omdat Kaaps na sy oordeel "the acceptance of a brand of Colouredism in the face of strong anti-racism" sou poneer.
clashes erupt in Kafr Kanna in the wake of [Israeli] police's cold-blooded
In sy studie stel Coetser ondersoek in na die tematiese voorstellings van "passiewe en daadwerklike verset" in Kanna hy ko hystoe, Joanie Galant-hulle en Krismis van Map Jacobs aan die hand van teoretiese vertrekpunte rondom sosiale stemloosheid, rituele ruimtes en die sigbaarheid van verset.
Kanna met Nuri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister, a Shia Muslim, along with Christian officials on Monday.
Summary: Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Feb 20 (ANI): BJP state president Kanna Lakshminarayana on Tuesday wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking a probe in a farmer's death at the time of AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu's program on Monday.
However, BJP state President Kanna Lakshmi Narayana, alleged that TDP is trying to create hurdles for Prime MinisteraACAOs event.
Speaking to ANI over the phone, Akula said he has sent his resignation to the state BJP unit president Kanna Lakshminarayana.
Summary: Andhra Pradesh [India], Jul 16: Andhra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Kanna Lakshmi Narayana on Monday alleged that his phones were being tapped by the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu government's intelligence department.