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Common names: Zanga Tempo, Tail Flower
Many of species of Anthurium are herbaceous epiphytes native to tropical America, brought into
cultivation as ground or potted plants. The leaves are usually simple, large, attractively coloured
and borne on long stalks. The flowering stalk is slender, ending in a fleshy column crowded with
many unisexual flowers. There is a conspicuously coloured leafy bract subtending the fleshy
column. This may be white, yellow, red, pink, orange or green. Anthuriums are popular foliage
plants. They are also grown for their attractive flowering bracts which are popular with the cut
flower trade. The name Anthurium is Greek in origin, meaning tail flower, referring of course to
the flowering column.
All parts (leaves and stems) of the plant are considered toxic causing swelling, pain and redness
of lips, mouth, tongue and throat. Anthurium contains calcium oxalate and some unidentified
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