Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma, also known as "Mini Monstera", Philodendron/Monstera "Ginny", or Philodendron "Piccolo", is a unique species of plants originating from Malaysia and Southern Thailand. These plants are part of the Araceae family but belong to an individual genus called Rhaphidophora.
Joseph Dalton Hooker, a British botanist, discovered the Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma plants in 1893. The scientific name of the species could mean the following: First, "Rhaphidophora" which could refer to the oxalates in the center of the plant that is "needlelike", and secondly "Tetrasperma", which refers to the four-sided seeds produced by the plant during the autumn season.
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These Mini Monsteras are small-sized climbers and can make great houseplants, provided the right conditions are met. These ornamental plants can be used indoors or outdoors, depending on whether you have a large living space or love Jungalow style.
About Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma
The Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma plant is often confused with other species and families, such as Monstera Deliciosa (looking almost like it), Epipremnum pinnatum, and Philodendron species.
Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma thrives under indirect and bright light. Too much sunlight can cause damage to the leaves. It will only thrive in direct sunlight if placed indoors close to east-facing windows and west-facing windows.
These plants need a container that doesn't dry out too quickly. You can use either a plastic or glazed ceramic pot, but you also have the option of a large terracotta container.
This tropical plant likes higher humidity. These conditions can be created by placing the pot on a tray of water or a humidifier.