24 Beauties in Our Aroid Collection

by Ronda Anson and Tammy Palmier

Anthurium schottianum

Inside out veins. On most leaves in our area the veins are most prominent on the underside of the leaves. Here, in an unusual twist, the veins stand out on the upper leaf surface.

Dieffenbachia seguine

Freckles can be beautiful! Especially when they’re pure white against lush green.

Dieffenbachia seguine

Dumb cane? Not this charmer. The snow white petioles and bright green canes look very smart together.

Philodendron cf. sinnuatum

One’s cup will certainly runneth over if the cup is a philodendron leaf filled with light and held on high.

Cyrtosperma sp.

What makes an aroid an aroid? One characteristic is a spathe, which is a sheath that surrounds a spadix, which is a spike with male flowers on top and female flowers on the bottom in a rigid geometric pattern. But this one has another feature: prickles. OUCH!

Aglaonema sp.

Monocots have parallel veins. This aroid has parallel veins; therefore, aroids are monocots. How many veins can you find?

Alocasia sp.

Looking through an elephant ear with the sun behind it can reveal a wealth of colorful detail.

Alocasia sp.

Lush green silky sheen. Who needs flowers with leaves like these?

Amorphophallus sp.

This plant may resemble a tree with several branches, abundant leaves and a lovely mottled bark, but it’s really just one big leaf.

Amorphophallus bulbifer

Stand back! Phew! I stink--briefly. Prior to pollination, this spadix smells like rotted meat in order to attract flies to pollinate it.

Amorphophallus bulbifer

The previous slide shows how this species got its genus name. This slide shows how it got its specific epithet.

Amorphophallus saururus

This voodoo lily casts a spell with its satiny sheen of pale green edged in shining magenta. Luscious!

Anchomanes welwitschia

A rust red spathe surrounding creamy white berries tipped with red--the variations of spathe and spadix seem endlessly bewitching.

Anchomanes welwitschia

This may look like a lifeless pile of something unpleasant, but from it, new shoots and a beautiful plant will emerge.

Anthurium arbelaezii

Spathe and spadix in delicate white. A flower fit for a bride.

Anthurium sp.

This tender new leaf blushes with beauty.

Anthurium tarapotense

A spadex dripping with nectar.

Anthurium uleanum

Square fruit? Who says there are no right angles in nature?

Philodendron lundii

Glossy, bright green, deeply divided leaves make for a truly stunning philodendron.

Philodendron rugosum

Texture and sheen create yet another fascinating variation in the genus Philodendron.

Philodendron stenolobum

Even leaf scars provide a new dimension in patterns and textures.

Scindapsus sp.

Silver and green and simply sensational.

Taccarum caudatum

Snow white veins contrast sharply with the bright green, gently curved lobes of this leaf.

Typhonium venosum

This oddly divided leaf glows in the sunlight as if the veins were lit up from within.