by stefani greenwood

Anthurium are really rad, graphic flowers that make me laugh and at the same time stun me with their beauty.  They belong to the Arum family and are sometimes referred to as boy flowers or flamingo flowers. The original wild anthurium was first described by Moravian botanist Heinrich Wilheim Schott on a field trip to Brazil in 1829.  They can be grown as houseplants, or outdoors in mild climates in shady spots. They thrive in moist soils with high organic matter.

There are two main parts to an Anthurium –

The Spathe: The spathe is a modified leaf or bracket that protects the spadix – they vary in shape (standard, obake and tulip), color and texture.
The Spadix: is part of an inflorescence (a group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem ).  The flowers are very tiny and inconspicuous, and look like bumps.  Often times the flowers are divided sexually with a sterile band separating male and female.  Amazingly the spadix can be spiraled.

PS. All parts of the anthurium plant, are poisonous. If ingested, they may cause mild stomach disorders. The plant sap can cause skin irritation as well.

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