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Monstera deliciosa
Monstera deliciosa
Mexican Breadfruit, Monstera deliciosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Monstera
Species: M. deliciosa
Binomial name

Monstera deliciosa Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1512x1719, 747 KB) Name Monstera deliciosa Family Araceae Image no. ... Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms. ... Divisions Green algae Land plants (embryophytes) Non-vascular plants (bryophytes) Hepatophyta - liverworts Anthocerophyta - hornworts Bryophyta - mosses Vascular plants (tracheophytes) Lycopodiophyta - clubmosses Equisetophyta - horsetails Pteridophyta - true ferns Psilotophyta - whisk ferns Ophioglossophyta - adderstongues Seed plants (spermatophytes) †Pteridospermatophyta - seed ferns Pinophyta - conifers Cycadophyta - cycads Ginkgophyta - ginkgo Gnetophyta - gnetae Magnoliophyta - flowering plants Adiantum pedatum... Classes Magnoliopsida - Dicots Liliopsida - Monocots The flowering plants (also angiosperms or Magnoliophyta) are one of the major groups of modern plants, comprising those that produce seeds in specialized reproductive organs called flowers, where the ovulary or carpel is enclosed. ... Orders Base Monocots: Acorus Alismatales Asparagales Dioscoreales Liliales Pandanales Family Petrosaviaceae Commelinids: Arecales Commelinales Poales Zingiberales Family Dasypogonaceae Monocotyledons or monocots are a group of flowering plants usually ranked as a class and once called the Monocotyledoneae. ... Families Alismataceae Aponogetonaceae Araceae Butomaceae Cymodoceaceae Hydrocharitaceae Juncaginaceae Limnocharitaceae Posidoniaceae Potamogetonaceae Ruppiaceae Scheuchzeriaceae Tofieldiaceae Zosteraceae The order Alismatales contains the alismatids, a group of monocotyledons (class Liliopsida). ... Genera See text The arums comprise the Family Araceae (including the numerous aroids subfamily): monocotyledonous flowering plants in which flowers are borne on a type of inflorescence called a spadix. ... Species  ? Monstera is a genus of tropical plants which belongs to the arum family Araceae. ...

Monstera deliciosa (also called ceriman, monstereo, Swiss Cheese Plant, Mexican breadfruit, window leaf, and splitleaf philodendron) is a tropical creeping vine native to Mexico and Guatemala, known for its delicious but initially poisonous fruit. Since it can be grown indoors, it has shown up as decoration in many hotels, restaurants and private homes. The skull and crossbones symbol traditionally used to label a poisonous substance. ...


The plant can be recognized by its thick stem and its leathery, glossy, heart-shaped leaves. The leaves, around 2 feet by 3 feet in size, start out totally round with no cracks, but the spaces between the veins of the leaves dry up and crack apart quickly, leaving large spaces. This is thought to be an adaptation to wind and rain in South America, allowing the elements to pass through the plant rather than under it. South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ...


Fruit

Mexican breadfruit
Mexican breadfruit

The fruit of Monstera deliciosa is often referred to as Mexican breadfruit, and looks like a small, green ear of corn lined with hexagonal scales. When it first blooms, the fruit contains so much oxalic acid that it is poisonous, causing immediate and painful blistering and irritation, swelling, itching, and loss of voice. It takes a year for the fruit to ripen, at which point it is safe to eat. From http://www. ... From http://www. ... Oxalic acid (IUPAC name: ethanedioic acid, formula H2C2O4) is a dicarboxylic acid with structure (HOOC)-(COOH). ...


The fruit may be ripened by cutting the fruit when the first scales begin to lift up and the fruit begins to exude a pungent odor, then wrapping the fruit in cloth or paper and setting aside until the fragrance is underpowering. To eat it, you open the fruit, lift or scrape off the outer segments of covering, and eat the custard-like flesh inside, which tastes a bit like pineapple, with some banana and mango thrown in. Custard is a sweet dessert made from a combination of milk or cream, egg yolks, corn starch, sugar and flavourings such as vanilla. ... Binomial name Ananas comosus (L.) Merr. ... Species Hybrid origin; see text A banana is a tree-like plant (though strictly a herb) of the genus Musa in the family Musaceae, closely related to plantains. ... Species Mangifera altissima Mangifera caesia Mangifera camptosperma Mangifera casturi Mangifera foetida Mangifera indica Mangifera kemanga Mangifera longipes Mangifera macrocarpa Mangifera odorata Mangifera pajang Mangifera pentandra Mangifera persiciformis Mangifera siamensis The mango (Mangifera spp. ...


Growing Monstera Deliciosa

Mexican leaf
Mexican leaf

Monstera deliciosa can be grown in a number of locations, from tropical to desert to indoors. It grows best at a temperature of 70° - 80° F (21° - 27° C), requires high humidity, and needs shade. Frost will cause it real harm. It blooms around 3 years after it is planted in ideal conditions, and takes 1 year longer for the fruit to ripen. However, it typically does not bloom when grown indoors. The plant can be transplanted by taking cuttings of a mature plant or by air layering. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1512x2016, 611 KB) Monstera deliciosa Pictures from Longwood Gardens taken by Raul654 On May 1, 2005. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1512x2016, 611 KB) Monstera deliciosa Pictures from Longwood Gardens taken by Raul654 On May 1, 2005. ... Layering is a technique for plant propagation in which a portion of an aerial stem is encouraged to grow roots while still attached to the parent plant, and then removed and planted as a new plant. ...


The seedlings of Monstera deliciosa will grow towards the darkest area they can find until they find a tree to latch onto, at which point they start to grow up towards the light, creeping up the tree.


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Monstera deliciosa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (557 words)
Monstera deliciosa (also called ceriman, monstereo, Swiss Cheese Plant, Mexican breadfruit, window leaf, and splitleaf philodendron) is a tropical creeping vine native to Mexico and Guatemala, known for its delicious but initially poisonous fruit.
Monstera deliciosa can be grown in a number of locations, from tropical to desert to indoors.
The seedlings of Monstera deliciosa will grow towards the darkest area they can find until they find a tree to latch onto, at which point they start to grow up towards the light, creeping up the tree.
Monstera deliciosa - definition of Monstera deliciosa in Encyclopedia (450 words)
Monstera deliciosa (also called ceriman, monstereo, Swiss Cheese Plant, Mexican breadfruit, window leaf, and splitleaf philodendron) is a tropical creeping vine native to Mexico and Guatemala, known for its poisonous and delicious fruit.
The fruit of Monstera deliciosa is often referred to as Mexican breadfruit, and looks like a small, green ear of corn lined with hexagonal scales.
To eat it, you open the fruit, lift or scrape off the outer segments of covering, and eat the custard-like flesh inside, which tastes a bit like pineapple, with some banana and mango thrown in.
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