Flamingo flower (Anthurium andraeanum)

An ornamental plant with large, fleshy leaves and bright red or pink spathe 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.
The leaves are ovate or heart-shaped, 17-50cm long and 11-22cm wide.

Toxicity category: 2, 3
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 3 - Irritant
Warning: Seek urgent medical attention if lips or tongue become swollen or if there is difficulty breathing or swallowing.

Common name: Flamingo flower

Botanical name: Anthurium andraeanum

Other common names: Flamingo lily, Tail flower

Family: Araceae

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
Category 2 - Potentially toxicCategory 3 - Irritant
Warning: Seek urgent medical attention if lips or tongue become swollen or if there is difficulty breathing or swallowing.

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