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Anthurium scherzerianum (flamingo flower)

These popular houseplants are known as flamingo flowers owing to the resemblance of the flowering parts to the body and twisted neck of a flamingo.
Close up of orange flowers of Anthurium schezerianum

Anthurium scherzerianum in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Species information

Common name: 

flamingo flower

Conservation status: 

Not yet assessed according to IUCN criteria.

Habitat: 

Montane rainforest. This species is epiphytic (growing on trees) or terrestrial (growing on the ground).

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

All parts of the plant may have irritant effects when handled.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Alismatales
Family: 
Araceae
Genus: Anthurium

About this species

Anthurium scherzerianum is one of over 1,000 species in the genus Anthurium (the largest genus in the Araceae family) and was described by Heinrich Wilhelm Schott, Director of the Imperial Gardens at Vienna, in 1857. Schott was the earliest botanist to specialise almost exclusively in the Araceae. Anthurium scherzerianum and A. andraeanum are the only two scarlet anthuriums, and both are sometimes known by the common name 'flamingo flower'.

Genus: 
Anthurium

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