Out of thirty-six more or less known species of the genus maranta, thirty at least are of American origin.
The starch of this root, he asserts, is superior to that of the maranta.
Others of more or less value are species of arrowroot (maranta) and ginger (Zingiber).
Most of the arrow-root, the fecula of the maranta arudinacea, sold by druggists, is a mixture of potatoe starch and arrow-root.
Ten of the mixtures contained scarcely a particle of the genuine maranta or West India arrowroot, for which they were sold.
maranta had studied in the private gardens formed by Pinelli at Naples.