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All about Anthurium

The name says it all: the genus name Anthurium is derived from the Greek ‘Anthos’ and ‘Oura’. The literal translation of this is ‘flowering tail’. The name is appropriate because of the flowering manner.

This consists of a spathe and the spadix, on which the flowers are found. The manner in which it flowers defines that the Anthurium belongs to the Arum family (Araceae).

A world traveller with tropical roots

Anthurium has a stronger link to Colombia than to Greece. Its exotic appearance actually gives it away; the Anthurium originates from the rain forests of Colombia. The Austrian doctor and botanist Dr. Karl van Scherzer had the honor of finding the first species of Anthurium. Not entirely surprisingly the botanist named this species after himself, namely Anthurium Scherzerianum.

More than one

Let’s now jump to the present day after this history lesson. The first species to be found, Anthurium Scherzerianum, is still the best-known Anthurium species. This type is also called the flamingo flower plant. As you may have already guessed, this plant is available in bright pink. As an added bonus, they are also available in other bright colors, such as orange and purple.

The second species, anthurium andreanum, is also known in Dutch as the ‘painted Anthurium’. This species has many of the same qualities as the flamingo plant. It therefore won’t be a surprise (if you are Dutch) to see, that in contrast to the flamingo flower plant, Anthurium Andreanum has an unmistakable, almost plastic-like painted glossy spathe.

The Anthurium Andreanum can additionally be distinguished from the flamingo flower plant by the way it flowers. In the flamingo flower plant, the flower consists of a round or egg-shaped spathe with a thin, curled spadix, while the Anthurium Andreanum has a thick, straight spadix. This plant is absolutely the right one to give to your love, as the spathe is distinctively shaped like a heart.