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PlantFiles: Anthurium
Anthurium lucens

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anthurium (an-THUR-ee-um) (Info)
Species: lucens (loo-senz) (Info)

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sieloff On Apr 10, 2011, sieloff from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

Typical cardifoliate Anthurium with leaves up to 18 inches in length on long stalks. Flower is a spadix. Female flowers mature first, followed by the male ones. The male flowers emit the odor of rotten oranges and attract fruitflies. Collect pollen or cross with another Anthurium when the female flowers are viable. The fruit takes a year to mature. Press seed out of the berries as they ripen and plant immediately on damp peatmoss. The berry juice contains calcium oxalate which can irritate mucous membranes, so wash hands after collecting seed. The seedlings will require constant moisture for at least their first year. This plant likes porous soil with a high organic content. Wood mulch, perlite and potting soil is a good mix. Temperature range is 60 to 80F.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Crescent City, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Indianapolis, Indiana

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