Anthurium Variants

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Anthurium have so many variants or the more common term I will be using here is "Hybrid" or "Mutation". I am referring to the local referrence of Anthuriums. The one with giant elephant ear as feaured in the photo of this article.

I may or may not mention all the variants in this one article due to their numbers. Here, I will try my best to describe each of every variant with as much detail as possible.

Again, these are my local reference (our common terms in naming the variants). They may or may not be the same as termed in your local area or international-wide terms.

1. Anthurium Crystallinum

This is the common Anthurium Crystallinum you see in the markets or perhaps in your surrounding area. Depending on the variants, they commonly have:

a. thin/ thick layer of leaves

b. silver / white veins. The veins depend entirely on the variants. They may have lighter stripes or thicker stripes.

c. lighter green color / black leaves

d. short / long stems

e. small / medium tuber

f. small / shorter / longer length of leaves dimension

(1) Anthurium Crystallinum "Silver", "Black", "Minahasa"
Anthurium crystallinum "black" is another variant of anthurium crystallinum. It is a local reference from Indonesia.

Anthurium Crystallinum "Silver", some locals refer them as "Minahasa" or I personally would term them as Anthurium Crystallinum Hybrid "Black" just because it has black leaves.
General features:
a. black leaves
b. short & sturdy stems
c. thick leaves
d. thick veins
e. round / oval leaves

It just happen that recently as this article was posted, the item has become well-known in Indonesia and people from different areas have been claiming that this variant originated from their area. Well, whatever the case is, they are not easily found.

(2) Anthurium Crystallinum Dark Form

Anthurium crystallinum dark form as referred by the locals. They have unique and own patterns of verins, stripes, colors and dimensions.
This variant, all locals and you as well may agree on the term. Easily put because it has black color leaves.

Now, when I or us in general notice dark form leaves, a question may pop up such as "are they natural or mutation / hybrid?" To the best of my knowledge, it can be both. Dark forms may come naturally like Homalomena Black Emerald
Whatever the case, I myself know their differences. They are absolutely of different plants with their own unique features.

Compared to the previous hybrid / mutation, this one has:

a. longer dimension of leaves and slimmer
b. regular but thick veins

In general, the features are:
a. black leaves
b. long stems

About the "dark form" issue previously mentioned above. I should also remind you that there are cases of anthuriums that originaly was regular form with lighter green color turned into dark forms. Some say it's because they are put under very low sunlight. When this happens, that particular anthurium will be termed as "Anthurium Crytallinum Mutation".

(3) Anthurium Crystallinum "Mini"

anthurium crystallinum mini. another variant of anthurium crystallinum either hybrid or mutation form. they come in various dimensions, leaves, colors and stems.

The third common anthurium crystallinum known to the locals is "Anthurium Crystallinum "Mini"". General features are:

a. small leaves with smaller and slim dimension

b. lighter green color

c. very small stems

d. thin layer of leaves

Most anthuriums would grow by climbing. In the case of anthurium crystallinum "mini", they don't and they won't. New buds will just pop up randomly from sides of the tree (shown in the photo featured above).

As they grow into adult and older, the leaves may get larger but it takes years to get to the point what is generally called "medium growth". These can grow fast but just not on the size of the leaves.

Once they get a regular size of leaves though, locals wouldn't term them as anthurium crystallinum "mini" anymore, they would take out the term "mini" because the leaves are larger now.

These may have dark form as well depending on the genetic and how you care them. Again, dark forms is really sensitive to talk about. I have not browsed into it so deep just yet. Thoughts are welcome here.

That's it for this article. I will continue next time. Still on the anthurium crystallinum variants.

I still have:

(1) Anthurium Red Crystallinum

(2) Anthurium Crystallinum Hybrids (cross of anthurium crystallinum with lots of other anthuriums and their real pictures)

(3) Other Anthurium Crystallinum mutations


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