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Calathea majestica
(Linden) H.Kennedy, Marantaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  Low risk, score: -1 (Go to the risk assessment)

Other Latin names:  Calathea imperialis (Burgerstein & Abel) L. H. Bailey & Raffill; Calathea princeps (Linden) Regel; Maranta imperialis Bergerstein & Abel; Maranta majestica Linden; Maranta princeps Linden

Habit:  herb

Description:  "Herb 4 to 9.5 feet tall.  Leaves 2-10, basal, 1 on stem; sheath, petiole and pulvinus green; blades ovate to ovate-oblong; juvenile blades 4.5-16.5 x 1.75-6.75 inches, upper side dark green with numerous thin, pink or white lines along veins or 2 lengthwise bands of yellow-green, midvein and margins dark green, glabrous, underside dark purple, with tiny hairs along veins; mature blades 19-39 x 7.5-13.5 inches, pattern disappearing, base rounded to truncate.  Inflorescence ovoid, 3.25-5.25 x 2.5-3.75 inches; bracts 23-42, spirally arranged, stiff, orangish.  Flower sepals yellow-green or reddish orange, stiff; corolla yellow-orange, pubescent; sterile stem purple apically"  (Staples & Herbst, 2005; p. 701).

Habitat/ecology:  (no habitat/ecology info known by PIER)

Propagation:  Rhizomes and perhaps by seed.

Native range:  "Native to tropical rainforests at 500-1,500 feet elevation in the Amazon Basin from southern Colombia to Peru and in northwestern Brazil"  (Staples & Herbst, 2005; p. 701).

Presence:

Pacific
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Cook Islands
Southern Cook Islands
Rarotonga Island introduced
cultivated
McCormack, Gerald (2013)
Ecuador (Galápagos Islands)
San Cristóbal Group
San Cristóbal Island introduced
cultivated
Charles Darwin Foundation (2008)
Ecuador (Galápagos Islands)
Santa Cruz Group
Santa Cruz Island introduced
cultivated
Charles Darwin Foundation (2008)
Federated States of Micronesia
Kosrae Island
Kosrae Island introduced
cultivated
Lorence, David H./Flynn, Timothy (2010) (p. 9)
Federated States of Micronesia
Pohnpei Islands
Pohnpei Island introduced
cultivated
Herrera, Katherine/Lorence, David H./Flynn, Timothy/Balick, Michael J. (2010) (p. 48)
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
Kaua‘i Island   Bishop Museum (U.S.A. Hawaii. Honolulu.) (1996) (voucher ID: BISH 650491)
Taxon name on voucher: Calathea majestica (Linden) H.Kennedy
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
O‘ahu Island   Bishop Museum (U.S.A. Hawaii. Honolulu.) (1935) (voucher ID: BISH 16666)
Taxon name on voucher: Calathea majestica (Linden) H.Kennedy
Palau
Palau (Belau ) (main island group)
Koror (Oreor) Island introduced
cultivated
Space, James C./Lorence, David H./LaRosa, Anne Marie (2009) (p. 6)
Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Colombia
Colombia
Colombia (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Ecuador (Mainland)
Ecuador
Ecuador (Republic of) (continental) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Perú
Perú
Perú (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore (Republic of) introduced
cultivated
Chong, Kwek Yan/Tan, Hugh T. W./Corlett, Richard T. (2009) (p. 22)
Cultivated only


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This page was created on 13 APR 2008 and was last updated on 7 MAR 2013.