绒叶肖竹芋〔学名：Calathea zebrina （Sims） Lindl.〕绒叶肖竹芋又叫天鹅绒竹芋斑、马竹芋、绒叶竹芋。原产巴西。中国台湾、广东有栽培。“天鹅绒竹芋的花语:好运吉祥来。”天鹅绒竹芋是美丽又吉利的绿植。可种庭院、公园或路旁，在华南地区应用于园林绿化。在北方地区，可在观赏温室内栽培。种植于宾馆、商场、大型会场等公众场所的边角地段。将其养在家中，能够带来非常好的风水寓意。它的叶片十分宽大，因其叶片上有一层绒，因而得此名，它的叶面黄绿相间的斑纹。该种叶美丽，栽培供观赏。叶面色彩随生长期而出现变化。与许多的大型观叶植物不同，天鹅绒竹芋别具特色，它得叶片上那一条条彩色斑纹，给人眼前一亮的感觉，而且随着它的株植越长越旺盛，叶片也越来越大，那一道道的斑纹也会变得更加亮眼吸睛，非常漂亮。
Calathea zebrina (SIMS) Lindl Velvet leaf bamboo taro is also called velvet bamboo taro spot, horse bamboo taro and velvet leaf bamboo taro. Native to Brazil. Taiwan and Guangdong are cultivated in China. "The flower language of velvet bamboo taro: good luck, good luck." Velvet bamboo taro is a beautiful and auspicious green plant. It can be planted in courtyards, parks or roadsides and applied to landscaping in South China. In the north, it can be cultivated in the ornamental greenhouse. It is planted in the corner of public places such as hotels, shopping malls and large venues. Keeping it at home can bring a very good feng shui meaning.
Its leaves are very wide. It is named because there is a layer of velvet on its leaves. Its leaf surface is yellow and green. This species has beautiful leaves and is cultivated for viewing. The leaf color changes with the growth period. Different from many large foliage plants, velvet bamboo taro has its own characteristics. It gets the color stripes on the leaves, which gives people a bright feeling. Moreover, as its plants grow longer and stronger, the leaves become larger and larger, and the stripes will become more bright and attractive, which is very beautiful.