Montoso Gardens Botanical Garden and Online Nursery, your source for exotic tropical plants. Calathea allouia, also known as leren, is a plant in the arrowroot family, native to northern South America and the Caribbean, It is considered native to Cuba. Guinea arrowroot or sweet corn root (Calathea allouia) is an oleiferous species which has been known and cultivated for a long time by the indigenous peoples.

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Calathea allouia Sweetcorn Root, Guinea Arrowroot PFAF Plant Database

The larvae of coleoptera and lepidoptera cause lesions in the rhizomes and tubers while mite damage has been seen on the leaves and causes the plants to die. Of the amino acids the tryptophan content has not been measuredonly cystine deficiency has been noted; this is of no great lalouia because Guinea arrowroot is not a food in regular use.

In Puerto Rico, it is sown in the shade of coffee trees.

There is still no exhaustive modern picture that explains in biological terms the infraspecific variability of this species, which is widely dispersed geographically in South America.

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Root – cooked[ 46 ].

Valine found in Root ppm. Productivity of the tuberous roots is quadrupled if they are grown on plots treated with organic fertilizers fruit and vegetable waste. The crisp cooked tubers are very agreeable calayhea a flavour like sweetcorn[ ].

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Underexploited tropical plants with promising economic value. Glycine found in Root ppm. Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. The fresh leaves are used to make baby clothing, as they are strong and durable. In the plantations of INPA in Manaus, no pest attacks or presence of diseases causing significant damage to Guinea arrowroot have been found during the last 15 years.

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However, this new method of management alters the models on which agroforestry was conceived: In aloouia last 30 years, traditional growers have gradually abandoned cultivation of Guinea arrowroot. Flower head Photograph by: It is hardy to zone UK Right plant wrong place.

Although it is cultivated only on a small scale by some traditional growers and indigenous populations, Guinea alloula can be found practically throughout the Amazon region. The roots foreground for sale in a market Photograph by: However, following the independence of the Spanish colonies and the adoption of free trade.


Smartphone users quickly have information on a plant directly for the pfaf. Its nutritional qualities are due to its content of vitamins A, C and B complex and the existence of minerals P, Ca and Fe.

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Methionine found in Root ppm Phenylalanine found in Root ppm Tyrosine found in Root ppm. Archived copy as title link. America, north to Mexico and the Caribbean.

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For a list of references used on this page please go here A special thanks to Ken Fern for some of the information used on this page. National Academy of Science. Alloia like little potatoes, but with a nutty, buttery taste Photograph by: Their unique texture makes them a gourmet item[ ]. Leren usually reproduces itself through rhizomes which produce shoots and new plants.

At the end of the nineteenth century, the limitations of the exhaustive exploitation of this calathhea resource stimulated efforts to produce large plantations of I.