Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma | Mini Monstera | Ginny Philodendron
The mini Adam's Rib is a rhizomatous vine with herbaceous texture and ornamental foliage, native to southern Thailand and Malaysia. It has stood out in the decoration of interiors, mainly for bringing the pattern of the Adam's Rib (Monstera Delicious). It has leathery, dark green, shiny leaves with characteristic indentations and holes.
The young and small leaves often lack the characteristic indentations, making it look like a common philodendron, especially if the plant is receiving low light. The stem is voluble and a little branched and behaves like a philodendron, climbing on supports, or with a pendant feature. It emits adventitious roots at the nodes that allow it to attach to the support. It blooms in spring and summer.
Its handling is considered even easier than the Adam's Rib, but it is still difficult to find the mini-monster in flower shops, although the demand is increasing. It gives an “Urban Jungle” touch, very tropical and stripped down to the decor, which makes it a favorite of many decorators and architects today.
Like other species of the genus Araceae, the mini Adam's rib is a very rustic plant and resistant to pests and diseases. It has calcium oxalates in its leaves that make it toxic to humans and domestic animals but at the same time protect the plant from slugs, caterpillars, and a multitude of pests common to other species.