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Thalia (plant)
Thalia dealbata (Curtis).jpg
Thalia dealbata
Illustration by Sydenham Edwards in Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 1815
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Marantaceae
Genus: Thalia
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Synonyms
  • Peronia Redouté
  • Malacarya Raf.
  • Spirostalis Raf.
  • Spirostylis Raf.

Thalia is a genus of six currently recognized species found in aquatic or marshy habitats, ranging in Africa from Senegal to Sudan to Zimbabwe, and in the Americas from Illinois to Argentina. Alligator-flag is a common name for plants in this genus. The generic name is in honor of Johannes Thal (1542–1583), a German doctor who wrote a Flora of the Harz Mountains.

Cultivation

Semihardy in cultivation, it needs protection against frosts. It can be propagated by seed or division of the rootstock in the spring.

Species

Species:

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