Common Name: Cachibou
Calathea lutea is a vigorously growing, evergreen perennial plant that can be up to 5 metres tall[
The leaves are harvested by local people and used for thatch, as a source of wax etc[
]. The plant is also cultivated as an ornamental[
Tropical America - mostly in coastal areas from Mexico south to Brazil and Peru.
Principally in coastal marshes and disturbed areas along the coast[
]. Almost never in the forest except in tree-fall areas; occasional on creek beds and shoreline soil deposits[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the tropics, it can be grown in subtropical areas if given some protection in the cool season[
Prefers a humus-rich, moist soil and a position with some shade[
Plants flower and fruit throughout the year in the tropics, but most especially in the early rainy season[
A wax is extracted from the leaves[
The leaves are very tough and durable when dry[
]. They used for thatching and to wrap items[
], to make waterproof baskets[
Cuttings of basal shoots.
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