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The Queensland Gardening Pages
Information & resources about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld

Anthuriums

and other aroids

Family: Araceae

Anthuriums are a familiar flower of tropical-style floral arrangements, but a little less common as garden subjects, at least in SE Qld. However, given their suitability for pot culture or other situations with limited root run, and their tropical pizzaz, we might expect them to become popular again.

A number of miniature types have been on the market in recent years. Presumably these are intended primarily as potted specimens, particularly in cooler climates where people have restricted space in a greenhouse or conservatory, perhaps to be brought indoors for limited periods as table decorations. They also form compact clumps which is a desirable trait in modern plants.

However, the larger - flowered types have a greater visual impact. They appear to be finally becoming available in local garden centres.

Some species are grown for their dramatic foliage.

More information about Anthurium and its relatives coming to this page in the future. Meanwhile, check out the links below.

News

Making Anthurium blue
Flower colour is determined not only by the chemical pigments present, but other aspects of cell chemistry and structure. Scientists at the University of the West Indies have been studying pH in the vacuoles of epidermal cells in the spathes of Anthurium andraeanum. They found that generally, the lighter the colour the higher the pH. The eventual goal is to expand the current colour range by engineering blues into the species, which requires a suitable pH environment. Media release including link to the original "HortScience" journal article: Engineering blue-hued flowers

Plant celebrity puts on a show in Cairns
Cairns Botanic Garden's specimen of Amorphophallus titanum has flowered. By 13th January, staff were waiting anxiously for the inflorescence to be revealed (Exotic titan to open in Cairns). This species is famous for the enormous size of the floral structure (up to 3m) and infamous for the smell of rotting meat that it produces. Pollen from Sydney Botanic Gardens will be used to pollinate the flower when it's ready. (January 2011)

Links

Aroids at Lester Kallus' website. Information and pictures on a variety of Anthuriums, Caladiums and other aroids

Anthurium andraeanum, Anthurium scherzerianum, other species and cultivars
Anthurium andraeanum Flamingo Flower, University of Florida, USA [PDF]
The Cultivated Anthurium some notes and pictures on commercial anthurium cultivars and production
My anthurium won't flower Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture
Repotting anthuriums Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture
Anthurium Propagation By Stem Cuttings John&Jacq~s Garden, Malaysia
Anthurium Production Guide University of Florida, USA
Hawaiian Anthuriums: Get Well Soon How commercial growers were almost obliterated by disease, and how they are are recovering. Human Flower Project
A Research Cornucopia Explore Fall 2004 Vol8 No2 (refers to origin of Anthurium 'Red Hot'.) Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, USA
University of Hawaii at Manoa USA has PDF pages covering an number of Anthurium cultivars:
'Hokuloa' 'Hilo Moon' 'Mauna Loa' 'Tropic Sunrise' 'Waimea' 'White Lady'

Amorphophallus
Amorphophallus bulbifer (Roxb.) Bl. International Aroid Society
Amorphophallus bulbifer University of Oklahoma
Acres of Aroids Photos and information on aroids (especially Amorphophallus) and other unusual plants
Elephant Foot Yam @ the Singapore Botanic Gardens (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) Gardening with Wilson, Singapore

Dracunculus
Voodoo Lily Dracunculus vulgaris at A Digital Botanic Garden (blog, UK)
Dracunculus vulgaris (Voodoo Lily) Paghat's Garden, USA
Dracunculus vulgaris The Flowers of Chania (Crete)

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