I’ve always called these “phallic flowers!” However, I’ve since found out this flower is called anthurium (family araceae), although it is sometimes called “Boy Flower!” 😉
Anthuriums are native to tropical America, from Mexico to Uruguay; there are about 800 species. According to the web site The Flower Expert, the red flower is actually a waxy leaf, called the spathe, which can be various colors, the most common being white, red, and shades of red. The actual, tiny flowers are found on the fleshy spike, the spadix.
If you have pets or small children, it is unwise to keep an anthurium plant in a pot in your home, because all parts of the plant are poisonous, causing mild stomach upset if ingested. The plant’s sap can cause skin irritation.
This particular specimen was in a greenhouse at the Chicago Botanic Gardens and is my contribution to Cee’s Flower of the Day today.