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Re: identity of the dwarf Monstera deliciosa

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: identity of the dwarf Monstera deliciosa
  • From: "Peter Boyce" <Boyce@pothos.demon.co.uk>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2000 12:13:36 -0500 (CDT)

Dear All

There are two clones of true M. deliciosa in cultivation. One is a giant
with roughened petioles and leaves up to metre long and wide with deep
splits and lots of medium to quite large perforations. The other clone is a
much more gracile thing with smooth petioles and smaller leaves with fewer
perforations. This latter clone is the one that is most often sold
commercially in Europe. The latter plant is also available in a
white-variegated form.

Both the giant rough-petioled and the smaller smooth-petioled plant, are
stout climbers, are never slender-stemmed and viny in the way the so-called
'dwarf M. deliciosa' (i.e. R. tetrasperma) and both match very well M.
delicosa in the wild in Mexico and Guatemala.

Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is long-stemmed, slender and viny, leaves are
seldom more than 25 cm long and wide, are few-splitting and have no
perforations. Infloresecences are not more than 10 cm long (M. deliciosa
produces much, much larger inflorescences, and  are carried at the tips of
long, often pendent, stems that hang free in the air (M. deliciosa flowers
at the tips of stems clinging to the climbing surface.

Best wishes


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