African Plant Database

Monstera deliciosa Liebm.
Notes : [central America]
Information on the genus : Monstera
Status for TA : accepted (cultivated)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : “One of the world’s most ubiquitous ornamental foliage plants” …“the surrounding the seeds…is delicious and made into ice cream and soft drinks” (Mayo & al., 1998: 48). Reported especially in E African floras as grown in gardens and parks, e.g., Fl. Eth. & Eritrea 6: 34, 1997 (with fig. 181.1); Fl. Trop. E. Afr., Araceae: 6, 1985; Fl. Zambes. 12/1: 2, 2012. It is recognized by its stout green internodes and broadly ovate leaf-blades to 90x75 cm, regularly pinnatifid, adult leaves perforated in parallel series, with petiole to 1 m long; spathe broadly boat-shaped, white to yellowish-cream, soon deciduous; spadix cylindric, to 18 cm long, 3,5 cm Ø, white or green.
Ecology : Native of Mexico, Central America.
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Record n°33461 modified 2013-12-17
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