Calathea is a genus of plants belonging to the family Marantaceae. There are several dozen species in this genus. Native to the tropical Americas, many of the species are popular as pot plants due to their decorative leaves and, in some species, colorful inflorescences. They are commonly called calatheas or (like their relatives) prayer plants.
Calathea foliage is of importance to some herbivores, such as the caterpillars of the Purple Owl (Caligo beltrao) which feed on Calathea. Due to habitat destruction, several species are threatened with extinction.
Photo captured July 10, 2016 at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois.
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