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prayer plant

[prair] /prɛər/
noun
1.
a plant, Maranta leuconeura, native to Brazil, that is widely cultivated for its variegated leaves that close up at night.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
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prayer plant

member of the family Marantaceae (order Zingiberales), native to the New World tropics. It has spreading leaves that turn upward toward evening. The plant is sometimes known as rabbits' tracks.

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