N A T U R K U N D L I C H E S   I N F O R M A T I O N S S Y S T E M

Canna indica Linné, 1753

(botanical nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Canna indica Linné, 1753: 1.
Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Canna edulis Ker-Gawl.
Canna compacta Rosc.
Canna limbata Rosc.
Canna lutea Mill.
Canna achiras
Canna esculenta

Edible Canna, Queensland Arrowroot
Basilier comestible
Indisches Blumenrohr, Essbare Canna, Achira, Kapacho, Australische Pfeilwurz


The species is distributed from Mexico to central South America. It has been cultivated, however, throughout the tropical and subtropical zones of the earth.


cultivated specimens      
Picture from: wikimedia commons: Lettkow (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
Detailed view

Importance for humans:

The rhizome is edible.

Worth knowing:


Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species plantarum, exhibentes plantas rite cognitas, ad genera relatas, cum differentiis specificis, nominibus trivialibus, synonymis selectis, locis natalibus, secundum systema sexuale digestas vol. I. L. Salvius, Stockholm: 1-560.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2020.04.27
Kurz Michael: 2020.05.19
not reviewed