Marantaceae

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Marantaceae

[‚mar·ən′tās·ē‚ē]
(botany)
A family of monocotyledonous plants in the order Zingiberales characterized by one functional stamen with a single functional pollen sac, solitary ovules in each locule, and mostly arillate seeds.
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A THE prayer plant, from the maranta family, is not particularly easy to grow in certain rooms.
Prayer plant's leaves curl up at night, like hands folded in prayer.
Q I HAVE a Prayer Plant which has grown very large.
The Maranta, which will grow up to about 12in (30cm) in height, is also known as the prayer plant because its leaves fold into the upright position at night.
WE have been given a 'prayer plant' but don't know how to look after it.
Checking out some orchids, Billings said those are for the main house, adding that he brings some flowers to the house and makes sure they're ''bug free.'' Nearby, there were some tulips, orchids, hibiscus plants and prayer plants, which he said came from Libby's private collection.
Ferns, prayer plants, and begonias (Rex, tuberous, and wax) rank between easy and difficult in my experience.
The leaf colour is similar to the most colourful of the Marantas, the prayer plants. There are stripes of reds, oranges, deep velvet greens, golds, browns, purples all on crimson stems - a real Disney job - with veins scarlet, gold, green or brown depend ing upon where the leaf is on the plant.
Common victims are popular house plants, such as philodendrons, prayer plants, spider plants, and some ferns.