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Scientific Name: Monstera deliciosa
Pronunciation: mon-STEER-uh duh-liss-ee-OH-zuh
Common Name: Swiss cheese plant or hurricane plant
Family Name: Araceae
Plant Type: Indoor foliage plant
Key ID Features: Leaves very large, split as they age resulting in elliptical holes (swiss cheese appearance); roots can be aerial.
Course(s): HORT 1155, HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Arching, Spreading
Form: Climbing
Texture: Coarse
Mature Size:
Height:10 - 15m
Spread:4 - 5m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: Central America, Mexico
Hardiness Rating: Zone 11: (above 4 C)
Exposure: Full sun only if soil kept moist, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Container planting, Indoor plant
Additional Info: Google. In low humidity & low light the leaves will not split to form holes or lobes.
Swiss cheese plant or hurricane plant
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Heavily veined, Leathery
Surfaces: Glabrous, Lustrous
Colour in Fall: Green
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Cuspidate
Bases: Cordate
Margins: Cleft (parted), Entire

Inflorescence Type: Spadix (& spathe)
Flower Morphology:Monoecious plant
Number of Petals:0
Colour (petals): White
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug

Fruit Type: Multiple fruit
Fruit Colour: Green
Fruiting Time: Sep, Oct
Additional Info: Fruit insignificant, Rarely present on indoor plants

Bark Morphology: Other
Bark or Stem Colour: Green, Tan
Organ Modifications: Aerial or climbing roots

Propagation: Seed, Greenwood cuttings, Layering
Plant Care:
Optimal Temp.: Medium indoor temperature
Light Level:Medium indoor light level
Pest Susceptibility: Leaf miner insect, Scale insects,
(GNH) GreeNHouse
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