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Do You Know, Anthuriums Long Vase Life?

Anthuriums are one of the most popular tropicals with a long vase life of about six weeks and even more depending on the variety and season.

image of Anthurium Anthuriums are herbaceous epiphytes, native to tropical America. Anthurium is a genus of more than 800 species found in the New World tropics from Mexico to northern Argentina and Uruguay. The Anthurium is also known as Painted Tongue, Flamingo Flower (Flamingo Lily) or Tail Flower. Anthuriums are grown for their brightly colored flower spathes and their ornamental leaves.

Kingdom
Plantae
Division
Magnoliophyta
Class
Liliopsida
Order
Alismatales
Family
Araceae
Genus
Anthurium

The red, heart-shaped flower of Anthuriums is really a spathe, or waxy, modified leaf flaring out from the base of a fleshy spike (spadix) where the tiny real flowers grow. The anthurium flowers appear as a roughness on the spadix as compared to a smooth spadix. Most common colors of anthuriums are red and shades of red.

Facts About Anthuriums

  • In Greek, the name Anthurium means tail flower.
  • Anthurium plant stem lengths may grow to a height of 15-20 inches depending on the size of the spathe, i.e.,the bigger the spathe, the longer the stem.
  • The anthurium leaves are usually simple, large, attractively coloured and borne on long stalks.
  • The anthurium flowering stalk is slender, ending in a fleshy column crowded with many unisexual flowers.
  • There are present leafy bracts which may be white, yellow, red, pink, orange or green.
  • Anthuriums are the popular foliage plants.
  • Anthuriums are grown for their attractive flowering bracts which are popular with the cut flower trade.
  • There are 3 broad categories in spathes. They are standard, obake and tulip. Standard is by far the most common shape.
  • Anthuriums, come in a wide variety, including: Flowering, Velvet Leafed, Pendulous or Hanging basket types, Palmate leafed.
  • All parts of the anthurium plant, are poisonous. If ingested, may cause mild stomach disorders.
  • The anthurium plant sap can cause skin irritation.
  • The inflorescence of anthuriums are popular as they have a long shelf life.
  • Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), the plant with the largest inflorescence in the world, is an unusual plant in the family Araceae, which has the largest inflorescence among flowering plants.

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