Scientific Name :
Canna indica L.
Local/Common name(s) :
Flowering/Fruiting Time :
Cultivated as well as naturalised
Status (IUCN) :
Native to Tropical America; Kerala: throughout
Medicine, Dye, Fibre, Ornamental
Description (Morphology) :
Rhizome creeping; aerial stem erect, glabrous. Leaves ovate-elliptic or a oblong, base tapering, apex acuminate, nerves close. Raceme many-flowered, to 20 cm long. Flowers paired, to 10 cm long; bracts ovate or narrowly linear; bracteoles to 41cm, orbicular. Sepals 3, to 1.5 cm long, lanceolate. Petals 3, united at base, 4-7 cm, linear-lanceolate, orange or red. Staminodes petaloid, bright-red, to 6 cm long, oblanceolate-spathulate, one staminode shorter. Ovary 3-celled; ovules many on axile placentae; style flattened, as long as the staminode. Capsule warty.