Heliconia Writing or Yellow Ratteshaker, Calathea crotalifera

Photo by Lisa Boe, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Stann Creek District, May 2002.

Photo by Bob Thomas, San Miguel Village, Toledo District, Belize.

This lovely member of the Family Marantaceae is valued by the Maya of San Miguel as an important message board in their milpas.  They often leave messages lying along the trail giving location or instructions.

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