Anthurium warocqueanum

This Anthurium is native to Colombia. It is a member of a South American genus that numbers some 600 species. Only a few have become popular house plants, including A. scherzerianum and A. andreanum . These, however, underwent such extensive cross-breeding that there are now innumerable cultivated forms but the original type species are no longer known. The most striking feature of A. warocqueanum is the foliage. The leaf stalks are up to 80 cm (32 inch) long and the leaf blades up to 1 m (39 in) long. They have silvery-white veins and hang downwards. The greenish spathe is crooked, 10 cm (4 in) long and relatively narrow – less than 2 cm. The spadix is short-stalked.

It requires very nourishing and free-draining compost. It needs diffused light. The temperature in winter should be 16°-18°C (61°-64°F) and at least 22°C (72° F) during the rest of the year. Propagate by dividing the clumps at any time of the year, except November and December, or by sowing seeds.

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