HONOLUU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The UH Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources won a Red Ribbon in a national competition after developing a "Tropic Lime" anthurium.
The team participated in the Society of American Florists' 2010 Outstanding Varieties Competition.
The anthurium was entered by Green Point Nurseries of Hilo, one of Hawaii's largest cut flower producers.
The qualities of the "Tropic Lime" include its attractive and bright green color. It also has a sturdy stem and a vase life of about 27 days. The average stem length is about 24 inches and can produce about six flowers per plant, per year.
The "Tropic Lime" originated in 1985 from a cross between two earlier UH varieties.
In 2009, cut anthuriums had a farm-gate value of nearly $3 million.