The 8 + 1 Most Talked About Monstera Varieties in 2020

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I know, I know. I have written so much about this single type of plant. If you haven't gotten sick of me, please follow along with today's list of Monstera varieties.

I have introduced one of Monstera's most common versions: Monstera Deliciosa and/or Monstera Borsigiana. But there are just so many varieties of this beautiful plant. Although it is tough to research with many under-documented Monstera varieties around the world, I can say there are approximately 50 types of Monsteras out there.

Today, I will introduce to you the 8 + 1 most talked-about Monstera plants in 2020.

1. Monstera Deliciosa

This is probably the plant that comes to people's minds by default when they mention Monsteras. Monstera Deliciosa is undoubted, Monstera 101. I have written all about it in a previous article. You are probably tired of me talking about Deliciosa. Let's move on!

2. Monstera Borsigiana

Borsigiana is recognized as a dwarf form of Monstera Deliciosa and is often sold as the latter in the houseplant market. Plant sellers claim that it grows faster, vines more easily, and will never reach the massive size of a true Deliciosa.

However, I have written all about this myth of whether Monstera Borsigiana is different from Monstera Deliciosa.

Both Monstera Deliciosa and Borsigiana have highly sought after variegated forms. They have really been the talk of the year, thanks to their insta-ubiquity. And they now take up the rare plant market with an impressive price tag. They are:

3. Monstera Variegata “Thai Constellation”

Thai Constellation is believed to be the most stable kind of Monstera variegations. It is also thought that Thai Constellations are variegated versions of true Deliciosas. So they can grow very large.
“Thai Constellation." Photo Credit to @Plantophile

On the other hand, Monstera Albo Variegata (white variegation) and Monstera Alba/Aurea Variegata (yellow variegation) are generally considered to be variegated forms of Monstera Borsigiana. Because of this, they are thought to have a smaller mature form than Thai Constellation. And due to their genetic mutation, resulting in competing green and white/yellow plant cells, the variegation may revert without proper care.

You can read all about these variegated Monstera forms in a previous article I wrote.

4. Monstera Adansonii 

Monstera adansonii is often called the Swiss Cheese Plant, sharing the same nickname with Monstera Deliciosa. Evidently, it gets the name due to its Swiss Cheese like foliage with plenty of holes inside.
Monstera Adansonii. Photo by Huy Phan on Unsplash

The holes allow leaves to spread out over bigger areas without needing to expend energy and nutrients, growing extra leaf area to fill this space.

People typically don't realize this, but there are three forms of Monstera Adansonii on the market. The standard form, the narrow form, and the round form.

They are pretty easy to care for in general and easy to propagate as well.

Adansonii's variegated form, called Monstera Adansonii Mint/Variegata, on the other hand, is very rare and expensive.
Monstera Adansonii Mint. Photo credit to @ZZBotanicalandHome

5. Monstera Peru

Monstera Peru is known for its interesting texture created by the fleshy & bumpy leaves. It is a vining plant, meaning that it can climb on a moss pole. Unlike Deliciosa that can grow to be huge, Peru tends to stay relatively small.
My Monstera Peru. Shot on iPhone 12 Pro.

Like other Monsteras, it is also easy to care for and easy to propagate.

There is also a variegated form of Peru. Like most variegated Monsteras, a variegated Peru is extremely rare and pricy due to its unstable variegation.
A yellow variegated Monstera Peru. Photo credit to @PlantForAllSeasons

6. Standleyana

The Monstera standleyana (also known as the Five Holes Plant) is a gorgeous climber plant. It is often confused with the Philodendron. This is due to their variegated leaves. Some people also refer to it as Philodendron Cobra, but Monstera Standleyana is the plant's scientifically accepted name.
A variegated Monstera Standleyana. Photo credit to @u/cigjunkie619

Comparing to most Monsteras, Standleyana has narrower leaves and produces beautiful variegations. Like Deliciosa, it also has both white and yellow versions in its variegations. And a heavily variegated Standleyana can be quite pricy.

7. Monstera Dubia
Monstera Dubia on a plank of wood. Photo credit to Plantrebelz.

Monstera dubia is one of the smaller, lesser-known monstera varieties. When you see Monstera Dubia, you probably always see it growing on a plank of wood. Unlike other forms of Monsteras, Dubias like to grow flat on a surface like a tree trunk in the wild. It has small and full heart-shaped leaves, always pointing down to the ground. The juvenile leaves are patterned with dark and light green and usually lack the foliage holes like other Monsteras. As a result, people often do not recognize that Dubia is also a form of Monstera.

8. Monstera Obliqua
Monstera Obliqua. Photo credit to Claire Akin.

Monstera Obliqua is often talked about but rarely seen. True obliqua are extremely rare, so you can be assured that if you see this label in a nursery, you're actually looking at a Monstera Adansonii. Compared to Monstera Adansonii, Obliqua tend to have thinner and smoother leaves.

It is also extremely rare, to the point that it is usually owned by a botanist garden to preserve the specimen.

And "+1"

Last but not least, we have "Mini Monstera" that is actually not a Monstera.
Photo credit to MIRUNA SECUIANU

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma or "Mini Monstera" has other nicknames like Philodendron "Ginny," Philodendron "Piccolo." Although always mistaken for other plant families, Phaphidophora Tetrasperma is actually a plant species in the family Araceae, genus Rhaphidophora.

It is native to Southern Thailand and to Malaysia.

That's it for today's daily dose of Monstera fever. Do you own one of these Monsteras, or if you want to talk about a form of Monstera that's not on today's list? Leave your comment below<3.

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