Rhaphidophora tetrasperma

greybird_kekeNovember 18, 2013

I started this cutting from a friend's plant several years ago. It rooted, but basically just sat there until this Spring, when it finally began to grow. Is anyone else growing this? I believe it to be Rhaphidophora tetrasperma....if it's not, please correct me. The leaves look like they they are big, but they are actually only 4-5" across. It must be happier since I repotted it and moved it, as it's been growing much better now.

Sorry for the sideways pic, it's not from a cellphone, but I can't figure out how to turn it.

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Here is a close-up of the leaves.....

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 6:15PM
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You're right. It's sometimes called "Mini Monster" or even "Dwarf Monstera" because of its resemblance to Monstera deliciosa, but it's a different genus. They're a climber and they grow easily from cuttings. Like semi-epiphytes, they like a light organic aerated soil that drains well.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2013 at 7:14PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Fantastic plant!! aren't they?? Anyone familiar with this genus??
many years ago I found one that the grower called "New guinea shingle plant of the raphidophora genus . Big difference was the center of each leaf had red areas was growing up a queen palm
and was GORGEOUS . lol Been looking for years for this plant and all I find are green though have found some with the 'shigling " habit
Anyone know what I'm looking for??lol didn't mean to hijack your thread but find very limited mention on them . That variety is fantastic but holding out for the mentioned one lol good luck with it !!! gary

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 5:10AM
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dellis326 (Danny)

I second Tropicbreezent, I will add that it does well in bright indirect light. Also an hour or two of sun in the morning or late in the day shouldn't hurt it either.

Rhaphidophora cryptantha is one I'd like to get but I don't know where I'd put it, I've run out of space.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 8:47AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

That's awesome! I'd never know it wasn't a Monstera of some type.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 9:04AM
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