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Canna indica L. (syn: Canna edulis Ker Gawler); Indian shot, platanillo

Robust monocot herb; leaves alternate, simple, petiolate, ovate to elliptic, base cuneate to obtuse, margin entire, apex abruptly acuminate'; inflorescence terminal, several flowered; flowers bright red, of irregular symmetry; fruits capsular, fruit surface minutely muricate..

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According to Flora of North America, the round black seeds seeds have been used as rosary beads and placed in hollow gourds to form rattles. The starchy rhizomes yield a form of edible arrowroot (as implied by the synonym "C. edulis". Both rhizomes and leaves have been employed medicinally.