Sunday, July 13, 2008

Anthurium sp. 'Brents Banos' 046

Anthurium (Schott, 1829), is a large genus of about 600- 800 (possibly 1,000) species, belonging to the arum family (Araceae). TROPICOS lists 1901 types, although some of these are duplicates. It is one of the largest and probably the most complex genus of this family; certainly it is one of the most variable. Many species are undoubtedly not yet described and new ones are being found every year. The species has neotropical distribution; mostly in wet tropical mountain forest of Central America and South America, but some in semi-arid environments. Most species occur in Panama, Colombia, Brazil, the Guiana Shield and Ecuador. According to the work of noted aroid botanist Dr. Tom Croat of the Missouri Botanical Garden, this genus is not found in Asia.[1] Some species have been introduced into Asian rain forests, but are not endemic.

from Wikipedia

I purchased this Anthurium from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in 2005 and sort of neglected it until recently. It's flourishing now and rewarding me with this interesting spadix and spathe. It's still growing in the pot that it came in. [I'm a terrible gardener!] Morning sun only and a little supplemental watering.

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Sunita said...

Eric, I grow a lot of anthurium andreanums. Interestingly, some of them seem to have mutated, if that's the right word.The spathe separates almost completely until the spadix remains near the crown and the outsized spathe grows like a normal leaf, except it has a bit of the red colouring on it. I'll get a photo and post it on my blog next time.