Monstera are species of evergreen tropical vines and shrubs that are native to Central America. They are famous for their natural leaf-holes, which has led to the rise of their nickname, Swiss Cheese Plant.
According to Monstera Plant Resource Center, there are 48 species of Monstera plants, but you’ll only find a few in your local nursery. All vary in their size and color, with many potentially mislabeled due to the constant changes throughout their lifespan.
Monstera Deliciosa: You’re more likely to find this species at your local store. They’re called “deliciosa” because they produce Mexican breadfruit.
Monstera Variegata: This isn’t a separate plant, but a color variation. Variegated monsteras look as if they’ve been splattered or designed with white paint.
Monstera Adansonii: While these are smaller than the deliciosa, the holes take up almost 50% of the leaves.
Monstera Dubia: You may find the small and heart-shaped leaves on this plant to be cute. It grows like a vine, but with shorter stems.
Monstera Obliqua: This species may be harder to find- the holes take up most of the paper-thin leaves, making for a unique look.
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● Monstera fruit exists and its delicious- In the wild Monstera Deliciosa has incredibly rich fruit. It tastes like the combination of strawberries, passion fruit, mango, and pineapple. It is so delicious that the Monstera Deliciosa owes its name to it
● Monsteras were first discovered in 1693.
● Monsteras have muscles.
● Monstera Aerial roots that behave.