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 Changed: 18-Mar-2010
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 3 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Zander ed13)
  • Human food: fruit (fide Cornucopia; Food Feed Crops US)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide Lampe & McCann)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, - Oaxaca, - Veracruz
  • Southern America

    • Mesoamerica: Costa Rica; Guatemala; Panama

  • Cultivated:

    . widely cult. in tropics


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  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin). 2009 (Vara kulturvaxt namn)
  • Backer, C. A. & R. C. Bakhuizen van den Brink, Jr. Flora of Java. 1963-1968 (F Java)
  • Boyce, P. 1995. Amydrium zippelianum Araceae Bot. Mag. 12:85.
  • Dodson, C. H. & A. H. Gentry Flora of the Rio Palenque science center. 1978 (F RPalenq)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen. 2008 (Zander Ency)
  • Facciola, S. Cornucopia, a source book of edible plants. 1990 (Cornucopia)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  • Govaerts, R. & D. G. Frodin World checklist and bibliography of Araceae (and Acoraceae). 2002 (L Araceae)
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. 1974-1989 (F LAnt)
  • Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS) Australian plant common name database (on-line resource). (Aust Pl Common Names)
  • IPGRI New World Fruits Database (on-line resource). (New World Fruits)
  • Lampe, K. F. & M. A. McCann AMA handbook of poisonous and injurious plants. 1985 (Lampe & McCann)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • Liogier, H. A. & L. F. Martorell Flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands: a systematic synopsis. 1982 (F PR)
  • Llamas, K. A. Tropical flowering plants: a guide to identification and cultivation. 2003 (Trop Flow Pl)
  • Madison, M. T. 1977. A revision of Monstera (Araceae) Contr. Gray Herb. 207:94-97.
  • Markle, G. M. et al., eds. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2. 1998 (Food Feed Crops US)
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  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
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  • Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark Flora of Guatemala. 1946-1976 (F Guat)
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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 Databas 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.


  • Seeds: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image