Within our collection we have many species of Anthurium. If you are seeking other photos, click this link:
Why are Anthurium seeds sometimes difficult to buy and ship?
A select number of wild collected South American Anthurium seeds (including Anthurium jenmanii) can be purchased from my friend Joep Moonen in French Guiana. You can contact Joep (yupe) at this address: EmeraldJungleVillage@wanadoo.fr
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The information below was posted in mid 2007 due to a dramatic price increase in Anthurium plants in SE Asia. The prices in Asia have now dramatically been reduced especially on sites such as eBay. This newspaper article explains more: http://old.thejakartapost.com/detailcity.asp?fileid=20090124.T04&irec=3
Aroids in the genus Anthurium are strictly a Neotropical plant group found naturally only in Mexico, Central America, South America and the West Indies. There are currently approximately 1000 species known to science and many are not common plant species. Growers do grow Anthurium, especially hybrid variations, all over the world, but the true species are not easily found, nor are they common outside their native range. Anthurium have recently become a large cash crop in the country of India and have been grown for many years in Hawaii. From questions asked on the internet some people appear to believe Anthurium species commonly grow naturally in Hawaii, on Pacific islands, and Asia. They do not. Only imported species can be found in those islands and on any continent other than South America as well as Central America. After you read this page, and please finish since you may learn something important about how to buy Anthurium species, read this page: http://www.alsgh.com/blog/ If you haven't figured it out already, Anthurium seeds are not easy to find! This article attempts to explain why.
The ExoticRainforest is a private botanical garden and is not a retail nursery. We do not sell Anthurium seed or specimens. We offer information regarding tropical species but we don't offer plants for sale. At least a portion of the information you are looking to find, including how to find Anthurium for sale is found within this text.
Many people want to a handful of seeds for just a dollar or two. Some offer substantially more, but one naturalist in South America told me that no price was worth the effort to go out and collect the seeds! I've received requests for up to 10,000 seeds at one time! That number would be virtually impossible to find in North America. The life expectancy (viability) of Anthurium seed is short. If they die in transit the buyer is going to want their money back! That alone makes the effort not worthwhile. If not packed perfectly, they will likely produce nothing in only a few weeks. I'm not sure if the people who make these kinds of requests truly understand how short the seed viability actually is as well as how long and difficult it is to grow, clean and collect a small bag of seeds.
Even though I grow many rare
Anthurium species, and do sometimes grow seeds, those seeds are not
readily available. And if they were, the seeds of the rarer species
are valuable! Some, very valuable. Most growers who manage to
produce and harvest seed just don't wish to sell them. And there is a very
The current motivation in SE Asia appears to be the magnificent size of some Anthurium specimens. Anthurium schlechtendalii (photo above right) can grow to be immense. These are known as "birds nest" forms and are members of Anthurium Section Pachyneurium. But those specimens take a lot of space to grow! In Florida, an acre of good land can cost $1,000,000 or more not counting building structures so a grower with only four or five acres can invest a large amount of money. Those who grow these plants have made substantial investments in their businesses and do not wish to destroy that investment by having the price of the product drop to near zero. There are growers in Florida that often do grow Anthurium for either retail or wholesale purposes, but even they often control the number of specimens they will grow.
I suspect the real reason so many growers, especially in SE Asia, want to large quantities of seed is they think they can get rich quick! During the summer of 2007 they saw common plants sell on eBay for upwards of $500 to as high as $900 each and everyone wanted to cash in. But they do so without realizing they are affecting the law of "price and demand". And on eBay, the demand has dropped so low that the prices are now also low! They hope to sell the plants at a substantial profit and hope growers in the United States will sell the seeds for a low price. But if 10,000 specimens of a previously rare plant suddenly hit the market the price would plummet from perhaps $100 per plant to a few dollars per plant! And that quickly destroys the market.
After I declined a recent offer
one Indonesian grower then sent back an email saying he could demand up to
$100,000 for a single plant. Perhaps, but you can't sell 1000 plants
for that price! Why? People will only pay a high price if
the plant is very difficult to obtain! If you have 10,000 of
those plants to sell, how much can you ask for a specimen? He was
also hoping someone would sell him the often difficult to obtain seeds for
just a few cents each. There are growers in some areas of the United States
that do harvest seeds, but I promise it is highly unlikely they will
even answer an email from anyone wishing to buy those seeds. They prefer to
grow just enough of them to keep the market healthy and then sell the
Species require a natural
insect pollinator to pollinate the spadix and that insect is almost always a
beetle from the genus Cyclocephala. And that
insect is "assigned" to pollinate a specific species and does not live in North America. When ready to
reproduce, the plant emits a "perfume" known as a pheromone that one
particular species of male beetle which lives where the Anthurium grows naturally can
detect. The spadix can be pollinated by humans using a very light
camel hair brush, but it is difficult to time perfectly and requires
expertise. In most cases you can't just remove the pollen from
the spadix and apply it to the female flowers of the same spadix since the
male flowers which produce pollen form after the receptive female flowers
are spent. You
must collect and freeze the pollen when it is produced and save it in a
special freezer container until the next time the plant produces a spathe
and spadix. Only
then can you apply it, and even that is difficult. The total time can
easily be well over one year. Why? Read this page:
information on Anthurium species? Click this
Anthurium species are
known to be highly variable and not every leaf of every specimen will always
appear the same. This link explains in greater detail the scientific
principle of natural variation and morphogenesis.
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Specimens may be available
Specimens may be available
If you are seeking information on rare species, click on "Aroids and other genera in the Collection"
at the top of this page and look for the