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PlantFiles: Rhaphidophora
Rhaphidophora tetrasperma

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhaphidophora (ra-fid-OH-for-a) (Info)
Species: tetrasperma (tet-ra-SPERM-a) (Info)

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

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USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pniksch On Feb 12, 2013, pniksch from Frisco, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Very tropical looking, easy to grow and propagate, along the same line as Scindapsis (pothos). Easier than a Monstera to keep looking nice- more, smaller leaves keep it looking full. It will get leggy and looks better if nipped back occasionally, (like any vining plant). Not sure why this plant isn't more commonly available.

Positive ExoticRainforest On Mar 27, 2008, ExoticRainforest from Siloam Springs, AR wrote:

Although Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is distantly related to Monstera and Epipremnum species, there is no close relationship to Philodendron. An Asiatic aroid species, there are no Philodendron or Monstera species found naturally in Asia and no Rhaphidophora species found naturally in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribben. A member of the aroid tribe Monstereae, Rhaphidophora tetrasperma is a native of Thailand and Malaysia that was identified to science in 1893.

A shingle species, this one is rarely found as a terrestrial specimen but will climb to 15 meters (16 feet). The scientific description can now be found on the internet. Scientific information says it is rare in nature but growers know it will invade a greenhouse if allowed to climb without control. There are approximately 100 known species in the genus Rhaphidophora.

While researching Rhaphidophora tetrasperma I was quite amazed to learn that many websites have a large volume of common names for this species. In addition, it is sold on quite a few internet websites with either a strange common name or a totally wrong "scientific" name. You can find the species sold or described incorrectly as Amydrium tetrasperma along with the common names of Amydrium 'Ginnie', Philodendron "Ginny", Mini monstera, Miniature Monstera deliciosa, Philodendron imbe Ginny, Epipremnum "Ginny", Mini split-leaf Philodendron and likely others. This species is neither a Philodendron, Amydrium, nor a Monstera species.

Additionally, it does somewhat resemble one form of Epipremnum pinnatum but is not that species either. According to aroid botanist Pete Boyce this plant has actually been displayed in a few botanical gardens as "Miniature Monstera deliciosa".

This species is obviously not well understood by collectors.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Long Beach, California

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