Cut flower anthurium has consistently ranked among the top five commodities for the Hawaii flower and nursery industry. Floral designers value cut anthurium for its long postharvest life and strong geometric lines. Although the most popular spathe color is red, the bicolor form of green with a major spathe color, also known as obake, is also desired. Growers expressed the need for pink obake cultivars with increased spathe production, because commercial pink obake cultivars such as ‘Tatsuta Pink Obake’ yield 4.9 flowers per plant per year (Kamemoto et al., 1986), in contrast to the minimum acceptable yield of six flowers per plant per year (Kamemoto and Kuehnle, 1996). Preference for pink spathes was secondary to reds in a market survey of anthurium buyers who purchased from Hawaii floral shippers (Halloran and Kuehnle, 1998).
UH1991 and UH2007 are floriferous cut anthurium hybrids with bicolored pink spathes with tinges of green, high yield, and long postharvest life. UH1991 was named ‘Kapoho Welo’ (Fig. 1) to commemorate the lava flow of 2018 that damaged the Kapoho area of Hawaii Island. With its spathe resembling a butterfly alighting on a flower, UH2007 was named ‘Honi-honi’ (Fig. 2); honi is the Hawaiian word for “kiss” (Pukui and Elbert, 1986).
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