Fruit salad plant, Fruit salad tree, Ceriman, Swiss cheese plant, Mexican breadfruit, Split-leaf Philodendron, Cheese plant
Monstera delicosa is an impressive, big, spreading, easy-to-grow and generally low maintenance plant. It may be kept indoors as a distinctive foliage houseplant, requiring support for optimal growth. Their cream-white flowers are large, if not particularly pretty, and will later produce fruit that are inedible until their scales lift up. They resemble a green ear of maize and can cause stomach upset if consumed unripe. Foliage is the main reason for growing, leaves are large, glossy and heart-shaped. They change structure with age, developing into characteristic splits, this is where the common name swiss cheese plant originates from. Foliage is whole in young specimens, developing larger splits with growing maturity. Native to tropical rain-forests, this plant climbs using aerial roots and is classified as an epiphyte, this is an organism that doesn't require a water or soil substrate to grow, surviving on other organisms and gleaning nutrition and moisture from the air and its immediate surroundings.