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Spathiphyllum flower

Monique Reed monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Tue Sep 5 09:23:17 EST 2000

Without seeing it, it would be very hard to tell which cultivar of
Spathiphyllum you have.   There has been a lot of interbreeding,
making determination in the absence of a label a bit problematic

The "flower" on a Spath is actually a collection of very tiny flowers
with a large, white bract underneath the inflorescence.  You have two
options:  you can cut away the spent flower stalk, or, if it appears
that some of the female flowers have set fruit, you can leave the
inflorescence in place to see what the fruit will look like.  (Look to
see if any of the little bumps on the finger-like flowering axis are

M. Reed

Sara Silva wrote:
> Hello all,
> I've been reading this newsgroup for a couple of weeks, and I've been
> finding it very informative. This is the first time I post, to pose a
> question for which I haven't found an answer yet.
> I was given a huge, magnificent Spathiphyllum which shortly unfolded a
> beautiful flower. This flower has lasted for many weeks, but now it is
> slowly declining and turning a bit brown on the edges. What should I do
> with it? Should I let it dry out naturally, or should I cut it before it
> happens?
> Also, I would like to know which variety of Spathiphyllum this is, but
> the pictures I've found on the Web haven't been very helpful. What are
> the differences between the several varieties? Is there a variety that
> is far more common than the others, in Europe? (I live in Portugal)
> I'm sorry this turned out to be two questions instead of one!
> Thanks in advance,
> Sara

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