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Marantaceae

Maranta arundinacea Linnaeus
Mouchas babad. Djitan. Arrowroot. (Toloman). (Malobi)
Native to the Caribbean, Mesoamerica, South America.


The roots of Maranta arundinacea are grated, washed, strained through a cloth and put to dry.  When dry it is made into a porridge for babies.  It should not be confused with Canna indica that is used much the same way and often given the same common name, toloman.
There is als a variegated ornamental type.
in the wild