Anthurium andraeanum is a flowering plant species in the family Araceae native to Colombia and Ecuador. It is one of the plants listed in the NASA Clean Air Study as effective in removing formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the air.
Anthurium plant is among the best-known tropical flowers. Popular in tropical flower arrangements, Anthurium bouquets are often used in weddings on Hawaii and other Pacific islands. Anthurium plant, also known as tail flower, is especially colorful from spring through fall. Anthurium flowers are long-lasting, and newer cultivars will bloom almost year-round. The glossy red, heart-shaped flowers are actually spathes that last for several weeks, each with a white spadix covered densely with its tiny, true flowers. Some varieties have spathe colors that are pink, orange or white. Long, dark-green leathery leaves are held on upright stems. Anthurium leaves are poisonous.