Common name: Flamingo flower
Botanical name: Anthurium andraeanum
Other common names: Flamingo lily, Tail flower
General description: An ornamental plant with large, fleshy leaves and bright red or pink spathe flowers.
Flowers: The flowers consist of a red to pink bract or sheath called a spathe, which opens out flat and often shows puckering of the veins. The spathe is broad ovate to heart shaped, 10-15cm long. The central spike or spadix is white or yellow, 8-12cm long.
Leaves: The leaves are ovate or heart-shaped, 17-50cm long and 11-22cm wide.
Fruit/Berries: The fruit are red berries, 8-15mm long, ovoid shaped and clustered along the spike.
Other: The sap is clear.
Symptoms: Chewing any part can result in painful burning of the lips, mouth, tongue and throat. Sometimes acute inflammatory reactions including blistering and swelling of tissues can occur.
Toxicity category: 2, 3
Warning: Seek urgent medical attention if lips or tongue become swollen or if there is difficulty breathing or swallowing.