SCIENTIFIC NAME: Aglaonema
COMMON NAME(S): Chinese evergreen
FAMILY: ARACEAE - Arum family
ORIGIN: Tropical Asia, 21 spp.
HABITAT: As houseplants
CHARACTERISTICS: Stems thick, green
LEAVES: Alternate, lance-shaped, variegated silver or white, the leaf stems sheathing the main stems
FLOWERS: Inconspicuous, congested on a fleshy, club-shaped spike surrounded by a green or yellow spathe (bract)
FLOWERING SEASON: Any time of the year
FRUITS: Red or white berry
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Calcium oxalate crystals
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: The sap of these popular houseplants, like most aroids, contains irritating calicum oxalate crystals.