Plant and pot
Maranta leuconeura is part of the Marantaceae family and its native range is Central & E. Brazil. It is a low growing, clumping plant that grows as wide as it is tall. Leaves are broad-elliptic to oval, predominantly green with dark red blotches either side of the midrib. Leaves are horizontal in the day and move to be upright at night; this is known as photonasty*.
Genus name honors Bartolomeo Maranti, a Venetian physician and botanist. Specific epithet comes from the Greek ‘leuco’ meaning white and ‘neura’ meaning nerve.
* this particular movement is driven by two light-sensitive pigments in the plant: one is sensitive to red light - this raises the leaves; the other is sensitive to blue light - this lowers them. The pulvinus is a motor organ at the base of the leaves and this is responsible for the movement. The cells that make up the pulvinus swell and shrink due to turgor pressure in accordance to the circadian clock and create the visible movement in the leaves (Zhou C, Han L, Fu C, etc. 2012).
Pot: ø 12cm.
Height: Approximatey 20cm from base of pot