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Crystal Anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum)

  • Foilage of crystal anthurium


    Crystal anthurium (Anthurium crystallinum), a prized house plant, is popular for its classy dark green, velvet-textured ornamental leaves. Under good lighting, the prominent silvery white veins on the broadly ovate foliage reflect like a shining crystal, hence its common name.
     

  • Crystal anthurium on Cloud Forest Mountain, Gardens by the Bay


    Native to Central and South America, from Panama to Columbia, the crystal anthurium grows as an epiphyte on top of tree trunks and branches. Anthuriums are a common sight on Cloud Forest Mountain at Gardens by the Bay amongst the wall of famed epiphytes (yes we know, #houseplantgoals!) – try spotting the crystal anthurium on your next visit!
     

  • Flamingo lily or tail flower


    Compared to its close cousin the flamingo lily or tail flower (Anthurium andraeanum), another common house plant grown for its waxy, brightly-coloured pink, red, purple or green petal-like spathe, the crystal anthurium has a rather unremarkable, inconspicuous inflorescence.
     

  • Illustration of potted crystal anthurium


    In Singapore, crystal anthuriums can be found at speciality nurseries. Alternatively, if you have them in your collection, it can be propagated via division. This green gem would appreciate a brightly-lit area with indirect sunlight, in a moist but well-drained soil. Care for yours well!
     

  • Botanical Name

    Anthurium crystallinum

    Common Name(s)

    crystal anthurium

    Plant Type

    Epiphytic perennial plant

    Mature Size

    0.5 metres in height and spread

    Light

    Indirect light

    Water Let soil surface dry between periods of watering
    Soil

    Free-draining soil

    Flowers

    Unshowy inflorescences (yellow spadix) enveloped by green spathes

    Toxicity

    All parts of the plant contain calcium oxalate crystal – toxic when ingested.
    Poisonous to cats and dogs.

  • This article is part of our Bringing the Gardens Home series.

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Written by: Agatha Koh, Manager (Education, Programming)
Agatha has spent the last ten years in a green paradise of every kind – greenhouses, orchards, food forests, therapeutic gardens, nature parks. Her days at the Gardens continue to be happily plant-filled as she shares her love for plants with fellow green thumbs and floral fanatics!

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