Anthurium andraeanum

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Anthurium andraeanum
Flower of A. andraeanum
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Anthurium
A. andraeanum
Binomial name
Anthurium andraeanum
Linden ex André

Anthurium venustum Sodiro

Anthurium andraeanum is a flowering plant species in the Araceae family. The species is native to Colombia and Ecuador.[1][2][3] It is a monocotyledonous perennial, preferring warm, shady and humid climates, such as tropical rainforests. Its most characteristic feature as an ornamental is its brightly colored spathe leaf, and the protruding inflorescence called the spadix.[4]

Common names for plants in the Anthurium genus include tailflower, flamingo flower, and laceleaf.[5][6][2][7] Its name comes from the greek words anthos, meaning flower, and oura, meaning a tail, referring to the spadix.[8]

Anthurium andraeanum has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[9]

Anthurium andraeanum is one of the plants listed in the NASA Clean Air Study[10][11] as effective in removing formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the air.

"Flamingo flower" Anthurium andraeanum, Order: Alismatales, Family: Araceae. Photo taken at Marsh Botanical Garden, winter 2016.


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  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ a b Govaerts, R. & Frodin, D.G. (2002). World Checklist and Bibliography of Araceae (and Acoraceae): 1-560. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  3. ^ Linden ex André, Ill. Hort. 24: 43 (1877).
  4. ^ Collette VE, Jameson PE, Schwinn KE, Umaharan P, Davies KM (2004) Temporal and spatial expression of flavonoid biosynthetic genes in flowers of Anthurium andraeanum. Physiol Plant 122:297–304. doi:10.1111/j.1399-3054.2004.00402.x
  5. ^ Anthurium spp. Poisonous Plants of North Carolina. North Carolina State University.
  6. ^ Anthurium. ITIS.
  7. ^ Nadruz Coelho, M.A., Waechter, J.L. & Mayo, S.J. (2009). Revisão taxonômica das espécies de Anthurium (Araceae) seção Urospadix subseção Flavescentiviridia. Rodriguésia; Revista do Instituto de Biologia Vegetal, Jardim Botânico e Estaçao Biologica do Itatiaya 60: 799-864.
  8. ^ "Anthurium Andraeanum." Missouri Botanical Garden
  9. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Anthurium andraeanum". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  10. ^ Plants "Clean" Air Inside Our Homes (kilde NASA)
  11. ^ B. C. Wolverton; Rebecca C. McDonald; E. A. Watkins, Jr. "Foliage Plants for Removing Indoor Air Pollutants from Energy-efficient Homes" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-12-10., "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2012-11-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) (alternate link for 'Foliage Plants for Removing Indoor Air Pollutants from Energy-efficient Homes')