Canna indica ( wild )



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Canna indica ( wild )

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Canna indica (also known as saka siri, Indian shot, canna, bandera, chancle, coyol, or platanillo, Kardal in Marathi) is a species of the Canna genus, belonging to the family Cannaceae, a native of the Caribbean and tropical Americas that is also widely cultivated as a garden plant. It is a perennial growing from 0.5m to 2.5m, depending on the variety. It is hardy to zone 10 and is frost tender. In the northern latitudes it is in flower from August to October, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphrodite.

The seeds are small, globular, black pellets, hard and heavy enough to sink in water. They resemble shotgun pellets giving rise to the plant's common name of Indian Shot. They are widely used for jewellery. The seeds are also used as the mobile elements of the kayamb, a musical instrument from RĂ©union, as well as the hosho, a gourd rattle from Zimbabwe, where the seeds are known as "hota" seeds.






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