The flowering plant family Marantaceae also known as arrowroot family includes species with names such as rattlesnake, zebra or peacock plants. The family consists 627 species, found in the tropical areas of the world except in Australia. The biggest concentration is in the Americas where today's new species was found.
Today's new species belongs to the genus Calathea. Severa species of the genus are very popular as pot plants due to their decorative leaves.
The new species was named after Carmen Galdames, research assistant at the herbarium at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.
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