Yellow Anthurium ?

pbunchDecember 25, 2008

A month or two ago I bought a plant being sold as "yellow anthurium" from a street vendor here in Medellin. The guy sells orchids (hybrids) and Anthuriums (mostly hybrids) he grows in a town down the valley a bit. The plant does not look like one of the common hybrid types and has a "species" look to it.

The upper portion of the leaf is deeply heart-shaped or at least has a deep and wide sinus. The lower portion tapers gradually to a well defined drip-tip. They are relatively thin and the vain pattern is deeply impressed on the upper surface and raised on the lower surface. They are about 8 inches long. The new leaves are a fresh, light green and very shiny. They age to a dark green which still has a shine but is more muted. The upper leaf surface is smooth while the lower is rough (scabrid) on mature leaves. The stem is covered with course brown fibers in a reticulate or woven pattern.

It rooted and started growing quickly in our year around spring-like climate. It has produced three new leaves so I think it probably is from a similar elevation (around 6000 feet)or if a hybrid has parents from a similar zone.

Is anyone familiar with a yellow flowered Anthurium? I have yet to see an inflorescence so I don't know just what the guy means by yellow.



Medelllin, Colombia

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I posted photos of the details of young leaves and stem.


    Bookmark   December 26, 2008 at 12:16PM
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This is indeed most probably a sp. and appears to be part of the sect. Belolonchium. I have a couple of plants from northern Ecuador that resemble the one depicted. My bet is that it will have a pale green, recurved spathe. Certainly it will be the leaves that make it handsome when it grows on, not the infl.

There have been some advances made, particularly in Thailand and Holland, with regard to the production of andraeanum-type hybrids with yellow/yellow-ish spathes. While those on the plants and images that I have seen are rather a dilute butter-yellow color, a coleague reports that he handled a plant in Bangkok about 18 mos ago with a well-formed, clear yellow spathe.



    Bookmark   December 26, 2008 at 12:29PM
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Thanks for the input. I've seen several plants with similar leaves growing wild in various locations. There are a LOT of Anthuriums in the woods around here. We have a place up at at about 2400 meters and even at that elevation there are at least 5 or 6 common species.

The guy who sold it to me is a regular vendor at one of the parks here and I suspect he thinks there is someting interesting about the plant. He is pretty serious about his bussiness. It will be interesting to see what comes of it.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2008 at 2:46PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Here are your photos:

    Bookmark   September 14, 2013 at 11:20PM
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