Maranta arundinacea L.

Nota de alcance

Antidiarreico: Rizomas

Nota de alcance (en)

Tuber: Ground tuber yields farina for a cataplasm and to calm upset stomach. Roasted as a treatment for intermittent fever in Guyana and French Guiana. In a paste ingested to control diarrhoea. Tuber or rhizome yields arrowroot meal, a nourishing, easily digestible food which is also used by Surinam Amerindians as a baby-powder.


Range. Tropical America; now pantropic in distribution. Cultivated in Myanmar.

Stem: Rhizome used as a rubefacient; yields arrowroot.


Native to tropical America; cultivated throughout the country for its edible starch.


Nutritive, demulcent (especially for infants and convalescence). Used as a dietary aid in acute diarrhoea and gastroenteritis. Used as a substitute for Bamboo-manna.

Nota bibliográfica (en)

1) Robertt, A., et al.. Medicinal Plants of the Guianas (Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana)/Smithsonian NMNH. cited online: 17-08-2017

2) Escalona Cruz, José Luis; et al/ Revista Cubana de Plantas Medicinales vol. 20, no 4. 2015. p -- 429 - 439

3) DeFilipps, Robert A.; Krupnick, Gary A. / PhytoKeys, v. 102. - - p. 1 - 314,  2018.

4)  Khare, C.P./ Indian Medicinal Plants. -- Nueva Dheli: Springer, 2007 . - p 401.

Maranta arundinacea L.
Término aceptado: 03-Jul-2018