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Calla \Cal"la\ (k[a^]l"l[.a]), n. [Linn[ae]us derived Calla fr. Gr. ??????? a cock's wattles but cf. L. calla, calsa, name of an unknown plant, and Gr. kalo`s beautiful.] (Bot.) A genus of plants, of the order Arace[ae].

Note: The common Calla of cultivation is Richardia Africana, belonging to another genus of the same order. Its large spathe is pure white, surrounding a fleshy spike, which is covered with minute apetalous flowers.


n. 1 A marsh plant native to cooler areas throughout the northern hemisphere, (taxlink Calla palustris species noshow=1), having pale green flowers in a white spathe. 2 The calla lily, (taxlink Zantedeschia aethiopica species noshow=1)

  1. n. South African plant widely cultivated for its showy pure white spathe and yellow spadix [syn: calla lily, arum lily, Zantedeschia aethiopica]

  2. water arum [syn: genus Calla]


Calla (Bog Arum, Marsh Calla, Wild Calla, and Water-arum) 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 ( France and Norway eastward), northern Asia and northern North America ( Alaska, Canada, and northeastern contiguous United States).

[[ Calla palustris0.jpg|thumb|left|Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885


It is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant growing in bogs and ponds. The leaves are rounded to heart-shaped, long on a petiole, and broad. The greenish-yellow inflorescence is produced on a spadix about 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. These plants, from tropical Africa are, however, still often termed "calla lilies", but should not be confused with C. palustris.

Calla (disambiguation)

Calla may refer to:

  • Calla, a genus of flowering plants in the family Araceae.
  • Calla (band), a rock band from Texas via Brooklyn.
    • Calla (album).
  • Calla, Ohio, a community in the United States
  • Calla Bryn Sturgis, fictional town in The Dark Tower V, Wolves of the Calla.
  • Calla lily, the common name for the genus Zantedeschia of flowering plants in the family Araceae.
  • Calla Records, a defunct independent soul music label.
  • Common acute lymphoblastic leukemia antigen, also known as CD10 or Neprilysin.
  • Princess Calla from Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears.
  • Calla (film), a South Korean film by Song Hae-sung.
  • The Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (CALLA), an ESL teaching approach developed in the 1980s.
Calla (band)

Calla is an indie rock band formed in North Texas in 1997. The band has been based in Brooklyn, New York for most of its existence. They have been on hiatus since 2007, after touring to support their album Strength In Numbers.

Calla (album)

Calla is the self-titled first album of the New York-based indie rock band Calla.

Calla (film)

Calla is a 1999 South Korean romance film about a man who travels back in time to save the girl he loves from getting killed. Directed by Song Hae-sung, it stars Song Seung-heon and Kim Hee-sun.

Usage examples of "calla".

He saw the twins of the Calla lying sprawled like corpses in the thickest, wettest part of the rice, with the muck oozing through their shirts and pants.

Most of the Calla men came on donks and burros, dressed in their white pants and long, colorful shirts.

Sides of beef beaded with blood, wheels of moist cheese, huge Calla Fundy shrimp like plump orange commas.

Before advancing, however, they must face the evil wolves of Thunderclap, who threaten to destroy the Calla by abducting its young.

The Wheel of Time, and the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, serial fantasy is bigger than everand the exciting, action-packed Wolves of the Calla, delivered in a beautiful, illustrated edition, is sure to be an enormous treat for fans both new and old.

But who would put matters right, if not the men of Calla Bryn Sturgis?

Some might say nothing, that the Wolves have always been a part of our life in Calla Bryn Sturgis, like the occasional cyclone or earthshake.

Although he had been here enough years to build his strange Man Jesus church and convert half the Calla to his way of spiritual thinking, not even a stranger would have been fooled into believing Pere Callahan was from here.

He had undoubtedly come from one of those other worlds the Manni were always babbling about, although he never spoke of it and Calla Bryn Sturgis was now his home.

FOUR Now he surveyed the men of Calla Bryn Sturgis, not even glancing at George Telford.

Are they all names he will later encounter in the Calla, or is that just a booze-hallucination?

Manni cabin in Calla Bryn Sturgis, looking toward the darkness of Thunderclap and listening to Elton John.

Have you not thought about the coincidence of Calla Bryn Sturgis and my own last name, for instance?

Callahan shrieks as he lies on the floor of a cave in the northern arroyo country of Calla Bryn Sturgis, a place he will eventually come to love.

There was no ManPower or Brawny Man office in Calla Bryn Sturgis, but those were good years and there was plenty of work for a man who wanted to workthey were big-rice years, as they do say, although stock-line and the rest of the crops also did fine.