Canna bangii Kraenzl.
  • H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenr., IV, 47: 38 (1912) 

Notes: Distribution: Peru to Bolivia

General Description

Plants to 4 m tall. Rhizome short, tuberous, diameter unknown. Leaves: sheaths more or less lanuginose, with blackish margins; lamina narrowly elliptic-ovate to ellipticovate, 25–65 by 8–25 cm, base narrowly cuneate, apex acute or sometimes shortly acuminate, upper side dark dull green, lower side more or less lanuginose. Inflorescence repeatedly branched, with 2‑flowered cincinni; pedicels 0.5–1 cm long, to 2 cm in fruit, densely tuberculate below the ovary; primary bracts 12.5–16 cm long, obtuse, acute, or acuminate; branch bracts 4.5–14 cm long, acute; floral bracts broadly (ob)ovate to (ob)ovate, 0.5–2.5 cm long, obtuse to acute, persistent; bracteoles narrowly triangular to triangular-ovate, 1–2.5 cm long, acute; rachis, bracts, bracteoles, and sepals generally glaucous and more or less lanuginose. Flowers orange-red (to pale orange-yellow or red), erect, 4–7 cm long; sepals pale green to reddish pink, narrowly ovate-triangular, 1–1.5 by 0.3–0.5 cm, acute to acuminate; corolla orange-red, 3.5–6.5 cm long, petals erect, narrowly ovate-triangular, 3–5 by 0.4–0.6 cm, acute; staminodes 3 or 4, orangered, 5–7 cm long, free parts narrowly obovate to narrowly ovate-elliptic, 2.5–3.5 by 0.2–0.6 cm, erect, 1 slightly recurved; stamen orange-red, free part narrowly obovate, 2–2.5 by 0.4–0.8 cm, theca 0.5–0.7 cm long; style orange-red, free part narrowly elliptic, 1.5–3.5 by 0.3–0.4 cm. Fruit greenish, covered by purple to wine red-tipped tubercles, ellipsoid to obovoid, 2.5–4.5 by 2–2.5 cm. Seeds subglobose to broadly ellipsoid, 5–9 by 4–7 mm.

Diagnostic Description

Canna bangii can be recognized by having erect, orange-red flowers with erect petals, inflorescences with persistent floral bracts, and pedicels densely tuberculate just below the ovary or fruit.


At elevations of 1400–2800 m; in shady, wet places in forest, along rivers, on forested slopes or roadsides, also in secondary vegetation.


Peru (Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cuzco, Huánuco, Puno) and Bolivia (La Paz, Santa Cruz).


This species has been found cultivated as an ornamental in Bolivia, La Paz.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Western South America Bolivia
  • Peru


  • 1 Maas-van de Kamer, H. & Maas, P.J.M. (2008). The Cannaceae of the world. Blumea 53: 247-318.
  • 2 Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. Continental Publishing, Deurne.
  • 3 Kraenzlin, F.(F.) W.L. Original publication of Canna bangii. 47, (1912).
  • 4 Maas-van de Kamer, H. & Maas, P.J.M. The Cannaceae of the world. Blumea - Biodiversity, Evolution and Biogeography of Plants 53, 247-318 (2008).

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