Calathea crotalifera14 April
Rattlesnake plant is a member of the Calathea genus. It is related to common house plants known as prayer plants called this because the leaves fold up at night and when the sun beats down on them.
Rattlesnake plant is native to Mexico, Central America and South America. It is used as a landscape plant and for flower arrangements. It comes in Yellow, Green, Red and brown shades.
The species name crotalifera was used because of the resemblance to the rattle of a certain venomous snake. Lucky we don’t have of this in Hawaii!