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Taxon: Monstera deliciosa Liebm.

Genus: Monstera
Family: Araceae subfamily: Monsteroideae tribe: Monstereae
Nomen number: 24556
Place of publication: Vidensk. Meddel. Naturhist. Foren. Kjøbenhavn 1849:19. 1849
Name verified on: 22-Feb-2006 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 18-Mar-2010
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • cut-leaf-philodendron   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • fruit-salad-plant   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • Mexican-breadfruit   (Source: Websters Dict ) – English
  • monstera   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • Swiss-cheese-plant   (Source: Bot Mag 12:85. 1995) – English
  • cériman   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • großes Fensterblatt   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • Philodendron   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • banana-de-macaco   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • banana-do-brejo   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • banana-do-mato   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • balazos   (Source: Trop Flow Pl ) – Spanish
  • harpón   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • piñanona monstera   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • monstera   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz
    Mesoamerica: Costa Rica; Guatemala; Panama

  • widely cultivated in tropics



Check other web resources for Monstera deliciosa Liebm.:

  • New World Fruits Database: Online database from Bioversity International
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Monstera deliciosa cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (27 November 2015)

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