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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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.
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.