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Rhaphidophora tetrasperma

Rhaphidora
Mini Monstera (Rhaphidophora tetrasperma)

Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is often called “Mini Monstera” due to its resemblance to the Split Leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa). But while its foliage looks similar, it is neither a Monstera nor a Philodendron.

This plant is native to Southern Thailand and Malaysia and was first discovered in 1893 by a British botanist named Joseph Dalton Hooker. (However, I suspect that the people living in the area probably had discovered it much earlier than that.)

These small-sized climbers can be great houseplants given the right conditions:
* Bright, indirect light
* All-purpose, well-draining potting soil
* Regular watering
* Regular fertilizing during the growing season
* Temperatures between 55̊F and 85̊F
* High humidity (easily achieved with a humidity tray)

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma features small and graceful ornamental leaves with split lobes. The leaves of younger plants may not form the fenestrations* that distinguish this species, especially if not given enough bright, indirect light.

These are vining plants that produce aerial roots which enable them to attach to trees or trellises. They can reach a length of up to 12 feet. While they do best in a floor container, they can be used in a hanging pot. However, it is said that hanging these plants can result in smaller leaves without splits.

*derived from the Latin word ‘fenestrae’ meaning window.

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