Calathea elliptica is a species of Calathea genus that comprises of about 300 species and many cultivars and hybrid that are popularly grown for their patterned foliage. ‘Vittata’ is an attractive horticultural cultivar with a moderate growth rate.
The plant is a low rosette herb with evergreen, leathery, glabrous and simple leaves that are elliptical in shape and up to 30 cm long and 13 cm wide. The upper surface of leaves is medium green and attractively marked with white lines running parallel to the lateral veins. The underside is light green. Its downy petioles or stems, emerging from rhizomatous roots are of varying heights, reaching up to 35 cm tall. This cultivar does produce an inflorescence with a short ovoid and densely bright-green bracted spike born on a scape among the leaves. The flowers are pale cream in colour.