Monstera 'Esqueleto'

Accepted:

Yes

Established:

No

Nomenclatural Notes:

Accepted, pending publication

Published in:

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Released Year:

2018

Propagated:

Yes

Cultivar Type:

Form

Originator:

Unknown

Namer:

Jody Benicek

Seed Parent:

NA

Pollen Parent:

NA

Base Species or Cultivar:

Unknown

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Cultivar Origin:

It is thought to be a wild collected species of as yet unknown identity. Found across various European botanical gardens and seems to have originated from collections at Kew Gardens.

Name Origin:

Name translates to 'skeleton' in Spanish and is a reference to the leaf blades that look like a rib cage with the layout of large perforations.

Growth Habit:

Robust climber, thought to be a hemi-epiphyte.

Leaf Blade:

Leaf blades are dark green in color and can grow up to 78 cm (31") long and 43 cm (17") wide. It has small perforations along the length of the midrib and larger perforations that often extend from close to the midrib to the margin, usually not breaking the margin. At maturity the internodes are stacked and leaves fan out. Petiolar sheaths are persistent and extend up to 1/5th the length of the petiole below the geniculum.

Bloom and Fruit:

Spathe almost twice as long as the spadix. Spathe is cream colored outside with a light green tint at the base.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

It is comparable to Monstera lechleriana in growth habit, size of leaves and how the internodes are stacked at maturity with the leaves fanning out. However, the smaller perforations along the midrib and large perforations that extend from close to the midrib up to the margin and it's generally droopy leaves makes it distinct.

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