I find the morphology of this plant intriguing! The flowers are arranged in a spiral on the spadix and the spathe, which is a sort of bract, is the bright shiny red part of the plant. This is another greenhouse specimen from the Montreal Botanical Gardens.
Anthurium or as it is commonly known as the Flamingo Flower is a toxic plant, that can cause a burning sensation in the mouth that can then swell and blister. It can also create a strained voice and difficulty in swallowing.
Commonly called flamingo flowers or tailflowers, include more than 600 flower species native to tropical U.S. regions. They belong to the Araceae family, which also includes callas, philodendrons and caladiums. Their genus name, Anthurium, comes from the Greek words anthos meaning “flower,” and oura, meaning “tail.”
Availability and Vase Life
Year round. 14-28 days.
Care and Handling
Do not refrgerate or store below 45 F as low temperatures will cause blackening of the bracts. Mist daily. Re-cut ½ inch off stems every 5 days and soak bracts for 2 hours to keep fresh.
Anthuriums add an exotic look to arrangements and can be used with all types of flowers as well as with other tropicals.