The plant is named in honor of Bartommeo Maranto, a medical practitioner of the mid-1500’s
The common name is a misspelling of the name given to the root used extensively by the Aruac people in South America, “Aru-root.”
Arrowroot is a perennial plant with a large, fibrous root. The tubers are fleshy and scaly. The plant grows about 3 to 6 feet tall with branching stems.
Long, pale-green lance-like leaves up to ten inches in length, pairs of white flowers and small, currant-like fruits characterize this popular and useful plant.