In the past few years, this has become one of the most popular and sought after houseplants. Some cuttings used to sell for hundreds of dollars!
Despite the visible similarities between this plant and Monstera species, they are actually only related very distantly by their family, Araceae, and are two of 114 genera.
This species despite its popularity in cultivation, grows in a very specific natural environment, and is pretty hard to come across in the wild. Luckily, it is not registered as endangered.
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is a vining plant native to the jungles of Southern Thailand and Malaysia.
A member of the Araceae family.
The genus Rhaphidophora refers to the needle-like oxalates found within the plant. The species name tetrasperma refers to the 4 sided seeds visible in autumn.
Also commonly called: Mini Monstera, Dwarf Monstera, Monstera Ginny, Philodendron Ginny...
Light Growing from the understory upwards, climbing its way around trees, this plant will thrive in lots of bright light, enjoying dappled or passing sunlight, mimicking the filtering of the sun through the canopy.
Water & Humidity For best growth, Monstera Minima prefers not to be too frequently left totally damp or totally dry. Its best to wait for the top layer of soil to dry before watering, ensuring that any excess drains away and isn’t left sitting.
Temperature Will go dormant under 15°C, grow in temperatures above 18°C for the healthiest plant.