Pheasant's Tail
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Pheasant's Tail
P Introduced Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Pheasant's Tail
Botanical name: Anthurium schlechtendalii    Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Pothos schlechtendalii

Pheasant's Tail is a large herbaceous plant with dark green leaves, it arises from a bunch of white cord-like roots and its flower is a dark purple bract(spathe). It has fruits and when ripe they have a similar appearance to small red berries. Pheasant's Tail has a long, slender and brown spadix, which looks like a Pheasant's tail, that arises from the base which is about 70 cm long. It has brown bumps on the spadix which are considered its fruits which develop a lot of tiny flowers. The name Anthurium comes from classical Greek which translates to 'tail flower.' This species originated from Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, and Brazil.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in cultivation in Maharashtra.

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