Definitions for callaˈkæl ə
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Also called cal′la lil`y. any of several plants belonging to the genus Zantedeschia, of the arum family, esp. Z. aethiopica, having arrow-shaped leaves and a large white spathe enclosing a yellow spike.
Origin of calla:
1800–10; < NL (Linnaeus), of uncert. orig.
calla lily, calla, arum lily, Zantedeschia aethiopica(noun)
South African plant widely cultivated for its showy pure white spathe and yellow spadix
Calla, genus Calla(noun)
A South African marsh plant, of the genus Calla, having pale green flowers in a white spathe
a genus of plants, of the order Araceae
Calla is a genus of flowering plant in the family Araceae, containing the single species Calla palustris. It is native to cool temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, in central, eastern and northern Europe, northern Asia and northern North America. It is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant growing in bogs and ponds. The leaves are rounded to heart-shaped, 6–12 centimetres long on a 10–20 centimetres petiole, and 4–12 centimetres broad. The greenish-yellow inflorescence is produced on a spadix about 4–6 centimetres long, enclosed in a white spathe. The fruit is a cluster of red berries, each berry containing several seeds. The plant is very poisonous when fresh due to its high oxalic acid content, but the rhizome, like that of Caladium, Colocasia and Arum, is edible after drying, grinding, leaching and boiling. The genus formerly also included a number of other species, which have now been transferred to the separate genus Zantedeschia.
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