Anthurium cutucuense

Said to be a rather difficult species, due to its natural habitat, Anthurium cutucuense Madison is an endangered species, a member of section Dactylophyllium. It grows s hemiepiphytic or epiphytic (occasionally terrestrial) vine, growing to 8 m.

Petioles are terete, narrowly and weakly to deeply sulcate, punctate. Leaf blades trisect, the segments elongated and narrow, subcoriaceous to coriaceous, strongly bullate, dark green and matte-subvelvety above. The back of the leaf is also of interest with its light crystalline surface divided down the middle with red midveins. The plant starts its life as a seedling on or near the forest floor and climbs its way up the moss and epiphyte covered trunk of a nearby tree. During early stages of development, Anthurium cutucuense has long internodes and single leaflets on thin wiry stems. As it climbs towards brighter light and a better view, Anthurium cutucuense develops its' characteristic trisected leaves and the internodes begin to get closer together.


The genus name Anthurium is derived from Greek ánthos "flower" + ourá "tail" + New Latin -ium -ium . A very  literal translation of this would be 'flowering tail'.

Anthurium cutucuense

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  • Name: Anthurium cutucuense Madison
    Type: herbaceous evergreen
    Form:  Epiphytic chamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range: Ecuador
    Zone: 10-12
    Habitat: it is known from only two locations in Morona-Santiago and Zamora-Chinchipe Provinces. It is an epiphyte which grows in the forests of the lower Andes. High altitude origins and cloud forest habitat .
    Height: up to 9m
    Spread: 45-60cm
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: High
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers: PlantList-ID : kew-10904; IPNI plant ID : 15231-2; Tropicos ID : 2105383; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 2873231; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 1142196; ARKive ID : anthurium-cutucuense; WCSPF ID : 10904; Plants of the World online ID :; IRMNG ID : 10603500; iNaturalist taxon ID : 435697; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000224188

    Synonyms: no synonyms recorded