Growing on the ground you can see a Swiss Cheese plant. The plant was named for the holes in the leaves. It produces a spathe and spadix, similar in size and color to those produced by the tree philodendron. However, its spathe falls off the plant a couple of days after opening, leaving the green spadix visible, but sheltered beneath the leafy canopy above.
There is a big difference in the make-up of the spadix of Monstera versus the spadix of the tree philodendron. The spadix of Monstera is composed of just two kinds of flowers—male and female—mixed together over the entire length of the spadix. At maturity (about 9 months after blooming) the green corn-cob like “fruits” (spadices) become edible (see the second name of the plant….deliciosa!) when the hexagonal green plates that cover their surface fall off, but only the portion beneath where the plates fall off should be eaten (about 1 inch per day up the spadix).
The plant blooms during the mid to late summer and the fruits ripen about 9 to 12 months later. The juvenile forms of the plant are grown by florists on bark slabs (totems) in pots and are sometimes sold as split-leaved philodendrons, although they are not in the Genus Philodendron.
Experience all the beauty of Hawai’i at Botanical World…
Botanical World Adventures Gardens, Waterfalls & Maze
31-240 Old Mamalahoa Highway Open daily – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Hakalau, Hawaii 96710 Have you Visited us in the Past?
Mile Marker 16 on Highway 19 Why not Write a review?
For 24/7 Online Reservations Book your tour HERE
Or call: 808-963-5427 or Toll Free: 888-947-4753
Visit us at BotanicalWorld.com