This stunning plant, actually a member of the Anthurium family, is one of 1,000 different species included in this group. In Greek, this name means “tail flower”, referring to the tail-like stricture in the center of the flower. These herbs are known for their brightly colored petal (which is actually a modified, waxy leaf known as a spathe) and are indigenous to central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Some species in this family can grow as epiphytically, a term used to describe plants that can persist upon another, larger plant.
The male and female structures of the herb, including the anther, stamen and ovule are located on a spike shaped spadix in the center of the plant. Once the plant blooms, the pollination of the ovule will eventually produce small, berry like fruits which often contain two seeds. These seeds are poisonous to most animals, so they’re often dispersed by birds in the wild.
Although these plants do grow naturally in some habitats, they’re also commonly used as house plants. Their bright colors and unique shape are said to symbolize hospitality and friendship and their tough, waxy structure makes them easy to take care of.
The Flower Extpert: “Anthuriums”. 2013 <http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/aboutflowers/exoticflowers/anthuriums>
Raintree: Tropical Plant Database: “Anthurium crassinervium.” 2013 <http://www.rain-tree.com/anthurium.htm#.UnBmkSjsu0t>