Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The cheese plant

Have you ever wondered why cheese plants have holes in their leaves?

Monstera deliciosa is a species of flowering plant native to tropical rainforests of southern Mexico, south to Colombia. It has been introduced to many tropical areas, and has become a mildly invasive species in Hawaii.

This member of the arum family Araceae is an epiphyte with aerial roots, able to grow up to 20 m high with large, leathery, glossy, heart-shaped leaves 25–90 cm long by 25–75 cm broad. Young plants have leaves that are smaller and entire with no lobes or holes, but soon produce lobed and holed leaves.

The plant is commonly grown for interior decoration as a houseplant, you may even have one, I do!

Click on this link to see an interesting article which was on the bbc website yesterday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/21059874