The Flamingo Flower is the common name for Anthurium scherzerianum. Whereas most people associate the Anthurium with the commonly called Painter’s Palette, Anthurium andraeanum.
The Painter’s Palette is the easiest one to find in shops. It has arrow shaped and highly polished leaves with an almost unreal looking appearance, which may get people wondering if the plant is genuine or artificial. The leaf or spathe surrounding the flowering spike is normally red but either way the flower spike itself is always straight.
The Flamingo Flower has different shaped leaves, being longer and more slender. The flower spike is also curly and usually the same color as the spathe whereas the Painter’s Palette has a straight spathe which is typically yellow or white. Providing they are in flower, this is therefore the easiest way to tell the two varieties apart. The final visible comparable difference is that the Flamingo Flower is generally more compact than the Painter’s Palette.
The Flamingo Flower: Anthurium scherzerianum