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Anthurium cerrobaulense - Oaxacan Anthirium
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tropical
Family: Araceae (Arums)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Green
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Anthurium cerrobaulense (Oaxacan Anthirium) - A compact and attractive evergreen tropical plant that grows to about 2 feet tall and spreads to 2 to 3 feet wide. It has thick leathery leaves that are broadly acute at the tip with lower lobes angled upwards. The leaves are dark green above and lighter green below and are held on foot long petioles that are grooved on the upper surface. The flowers are typical of the genus with a spathe and spadix, but not as showy as a florist Anthurium. In spring and summer on 12 to 18 inch peduncles are held a 1 to 2 inch two long and green tinged purple spathe backing an equally long spadix that is green tinged red that in fall can be covered by many bright red succulent seeds. Plant in a container in morning or late afternoon sun or bright shade in a well draining soil mix and give regular to occasional irrigation. Has proven hardy to short duration temperatures with overhead protection as low as 25° F and has semi-succulent roots that makes it tolerant of less water than similar tropical plants This rare species is easy to grow and makes a nice potted specimen in coastal southern California gardens. This plant was first discovered as an epiphyte, growing in trees, or a lithophyte, growing on rocks, in Cerro Baul, Northwest of Rizo de Oro near the border of Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico in 1957 by Thomas MacDougall (1895-1973), a Scottish-born naturalist who explored southern Mexico. It was described by the Japanese-born Mexican botanist Eizi Matuda in 1960 and classified initially in the Anthurium section Belolonchium, but later placed in the section Andiphyllum with similar other Mexican and Guatemalan species. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'anthos' meaning "flower" and 'oura' meaning a "tail", which is a reference to the central spadix in the middle of the spathe. The specific epithet is a reference to Cerro Baśl, the small village in the Municipality of San Miguel Chimalapa in Oaxaca where this plant was first collected. We first received seed of this plant in 1997 from Huntington Botanic Garden Conservatory Curator Dylan Hannon, who was then working at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden after working with Aroid researcher Tom Croat at Missouri Botanic Garden (MOBOT). We had a small crop from this seed that we listed in our 1999 catalog and the plants we currently have are grown from seed from one of these plants that has been growing outdoors as a potted specimen in most day shade near our main office. 

This information about Anthurium cerrobaulense displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.