genus spathiphyllum


[spey-thuh-fil-uhm, -thuh-, spath-uh-]

Spathiphyllum is a genus of about 40 species of monocotyledonous flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to tropical regions of the Americas and southeastern Asia. Certain species of Spathiphyllum are commonly known as spath or peace lilies.

They are evergreen herbaceous perennial plants with large leaves 12-65 cm long and 3-25 cm broad. The flowers are produced in a spadix, surrounded by a 10-30 cm long, white, yellowish, or greenish spathe. The plant does not need excessive light or water to survive.Selected species

  • Spathiphyllum gardneri
  • Spathiphyllum glaziovii
  • Spathiphyllum grandifolium
  • Spathiphyllum huberi
  • Spathiphyllum jejunum
  • Spathiphyllum juninense
  • Spathiphyllum kalbreyeri
  • Spathiphyllum kochii
  • Spathiphyllum lacustre
  • Spathiphyllum laeve
  • Spathiphyllum lechlerianum
  • Spathiphyllum liesneri
  • Spathiphyllum maguirei
  • Spathiphyllum mawarinumae
  • Spathiphyllum monachinoi
  • Spathiphyllum montanum
  • Spathiphyllum neblinae
  • Spathiphyllum patini
  • Spathiphyllum perezii
  • Spathiphyllum phryniifolium
  • Spathiphyllum quindiuense
  • Spathiphyllum silvicola
  • Spathiphyllum sipapoanum
  • Spathiphyllum solomonense
  • Spathiphyllum wallisii
  • Spathiphyllum wendlandii
  • Cultivation and uses

    Several species are popular indoor houseplants. Spathiphyllum cleans indoor air of many environmental contaminants, including benzene, formaldehyde, and other pollutants. It cleans best at one plant per 10 m². It lives best in shade and needs little sunlight to thrive. Often it is placed in an angled window where sun will slightly be guided towards it and at night it will live off the daily intake. It is watered around every week and a half. (the waters take around a week to fully absorb into the soil and you can still feel the moisture long after.)

    Spathiphyllum is mildly toxic to humans and animals when ingested.

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