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Marantaceae family

Maranta arundinacea
Linnaeus
, Sp. Pl. 1: 2.  1753.

Mouchas babad. Djitan. (Toloman). (Malobi). Arrowroot.
Escaped herb in wet spots around gardens and farms.
St. Martin, St. Barthélemy, Antigua, Saba, St. Eustatius, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Marie Galante, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada, Greater Antilles (Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico), Virgin Islands (St. Croix), Mesoamerica, South America.
Also a cultivated root crop
See also Canna indica
There is also a variegated ornamental form.