Anthurium (Flamingo Flower; Laceleaf)
Anthurium is a large genus of about 1000 species in the family Araceae, native to the tropical regions of the Americas.
Anthurium has large, lance-shaped or heart-shaped leaves and brightly colored, heart-shaped flower bracts. The spathe, which everyone calls a flower, is just a modified leaf. Its function is to protect the flowers. The real flowers are actually many tiny flowers growing along the spadix, arising from the base of the spathe.
Anthurium is popular among flower lovers because of its bright colors, unusual appearance and lasting qualities of flowers.
The genus name is derived from the Greek words “anthos” (flower) and “oura” (tail), referring to the tail-like spadix.
The plant is also known as the “Flamingo Flower” because of its unusual and unique shape.
Anthurium represents health, happiness, abundance and beauty.
Interesting facts about Anthurium:
Flamingo flowers are one of the most popular tropical flowers with a long vase life, lasting up to six weeks.
What we think of as anthurium flower is not flower at all. It is just a modified bract (spathe). The real flowers are growing around the spadix (the “finger” that sticks out from the spathe). So, the actual anthurium flower is a fleshy spike of many tiny flowers.
All parts of the plant are poisonous and can cause stomach issues if ingested.
In 1989, NASA launched a Clean Air study to determine which household plants are best at purifying the air.
In NASA’s Clean Air Study, Anthurium andraeanum was scientifically proven to remove toxins from the air. Anthurium andraeanum will filter formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia out of your environment.