Rhaphidophora adansonii

Monkey Mask

The lesser known ‘Monkey Mask’ Monstera. Differentiated from M. deliciosa by its smaller size and its different form of perforations (holes) in the foliage, which stay within the edges of the leaves, and even occurs in younger plants.

With a little interior design experimentation, these plants are brilliant to add a little flair to your home. Trail them from a tall shelf, let the foliage wrap around a beam or banister, grow it up a moss pole or droop it from a basket held up by macramé – the possibilities are endless.

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Origin: Central America
Genus: Rhaphidophora
Species / Cultivar: tetrasperma
Common Name: Monkey Mask
Synonym: Monstera adansonii

Plant Biography

Widespread across Central America, South America and the West Indies, this species is often labelled or sold as the similar looking, but incredibly rare and expensive, Monstera obliqua.

There is much debate as to why the foliage has evolved its mature slices and holes, called ‘leaf fenestration’. The most prevailing theory is that it’s an adaptation to allow sunflecks, small beams of light that emerge through the forest canopy, through its upper foliage to its lower leaves as it grows up tree trunks in dense tropical forests.

Rhaphidophora adansonii
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 18-22°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Medium
Final size will be suitable for a table, plant stand, or large strong shelf.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.

Expert Tip

Unlike M. deliciosa, Monstera adansonii develops fenestration from the early stages of its growth.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Allow the top few centimetres of soil to dry out between watering and do not leave to sit in water. Ensure it is kept away from dry air to avoid leaf edge browning.

If you’re looking for a Monstera with leaf fenestration that doesn’t occupy as much space as M. deliciosa, Monstera adansonii is the perfect plant for you.

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