Monstera 'Monstera Mint or Mint Monstera'
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Discovered by Barry Schwartz
Base Species or Cultivar:
Monstera sp NOID. Some people have called it Brazilian form. I do not since many Monsteras have been referenced as Brazilian form and I believe it to be a variation different than deliciosa since you can’t prop a deliciosa to be this plant.
Furthest point of origin is through Barry Schwartz. Trade name first into market in 2017 on an eBay sales listing by Michael D’Andrea. The name is now globally recognized, and references for this specific cultivar of Monstera sp noid plant. It represents the various veining that can appear on these plants from early stages to maturity.
Intermediate grows similar to Monstera deliciosa but rather than being small form or large form, it grows more intermediate. Can be at times more tightly spaced, and crawl like a large form deliciosa, however it’s nodes are still more spaces out.
This is why I am confident it is a different plant than deliciosa. Deliciosas cannot prop into this same leaf structure. Only these plants can. The leaf structure for matured plants are very deep in fenestration. Similar but not exact to the Monstera “sierrana”. Secondary fenestrations also do not appear until plant is well into maturity. This is consistent with all my Mint Monsteras I’ve grown out. Also important to note, despite its trade name, these plants can appear to have variegation which is traditional albo like, but eventually grow into the classic ‘mint’ veining or show it in maturity. A habit not true for deliciosa. Leaf structure is an important characteristic in identifying this species.
Bloom and Fruit:
The best part, another reason why I believe it to be distinct from deliciosa. Barry, a Florida grower, has grown it for decades and it has never created inflorescence. A grower (Noldy), located in Indonesia with a prize winning specimen that stands over 7’ in height with 15 matured leaves has never flowered. I, Manny Lorras, have 3 matured specimens, one of which has 10 leaves has not flowered however it’s grown in a dry environment. That said my Pink Princess has flowered 4 times. Suffice to say there is no recorded history of it flowering.
Deep fenestrations on foliage, with only secondary fenestrations ever visible. Deliciosa can have multiple rows of inner fenestrstions and those that appear quite early in maturity. On Monstera sp noid (Monstera Mint), they appear well into maturity.
Intermediate form. It’s stem growth compared to classic large form and small form monstera is different. It can be vertically inclined, but not as leggy as small form, it can appear to be tighter but not as tight or a crawler as deliciosa.