This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In a recent number we gave, in a reference to Antigonon, some idea as to how large leafy calyxes are seen to represent the leaves they really are. This change from leaves to floral parts is more readily seen in the case of plants belonging to the Arum family, of which the common Richardia, or Calla lily, is a striking example. In that case the usual white spathe often is half as green as in a real leaf, and the flower stem is seen to be nothing but a mass of leaves coiled up so that all trace of the original leaf stalks of each leaf is nearly lost. In the plant here illustrated the spathe is scarlet instead of white, and the real flowers are the little angular figures on the worm-like spadix. The common Anthurium Scherzerianum is now well known. This one of Mr. Wm. Bull's introductions is double the size of that very popular species.
ANTHURIUM SCHERZERIANUM MAXIMUM.