Star Calathea (Calathea loeseneri)

Calathea loeseneri Aka Star Calathea, Purple Ice, Paririwa, and Platanillo, is a species of plant belonging to the Marantaceae genus and the order of Zingiberales . It is native to Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia. It is also present in the West Indies. I spent quite some time trying to ID this plant, because I knew it had the qualities of an Alpinia Ginger, but…

The Calathea warscewiczii at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Calathea warscewiczii,  aka Zebra Plant, is native to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Calathea warscewiczii is a beautiful plant for shaded areas in a tropical humid garden. A ‘prayer plant’ relative and a member of the Marantaceae family, when the night falls, this plant has a curious habit of folding up its leaves as if two hands were placed…