Thalia L.

Thalia is a genus with ca. 6 species in tropical America with one species extending to tropical Africa (Prince & Kress 2006, Mabberley 2008). All are marsh plants and two of them are cultivated as aquatic ornamentals in Europe: T. dealbata Fraser and T. geniculata L. (Walters & al. 1984). The former was recently found in the wild in Belgium, probably as a throw-out or a mere relic of cultivation. The second species is now also found as a naturalized alien in parts of Africa and Asia (e.g. Sijimol & al. 2000).


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Sijimol P.S., Rajesh K.P. & Madhusoodanan P.V. (2000) On the occurrence of Thalia geniculata L. (Marantaceae) in India. J. Econ. Taxon. Bot. 24: 727-730.
Walters S.M., Brady A., Brickell C.D., Cullen J., Green P.S., Lewis J., Matthews V.A., Webb D.A., Yeo P.F. & Alexander J.C.M. (eds.) (1984) The European Garden Flora, vol. 2 (part II). Cambridge University Press: 318 p.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith