What Is a Monstera Plant?

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A Monstera plant is an evergreen, broad-leafed vine that is native to Central America. Monstera plants produce fruit that is typically edible, although some plants may produce inedible fruit.

Monstera plants grow by attaching themselves to trees and growing along their lengths. They have aerial roots that hang down from the vine stem and take root in the ground. The leaves of the plant are large and perforated, forming partially separated rows along the leaf stem. They produce bunches of flowers that are called spikes, which eventually form into fruit.

All parts of the plant are inedible except for the fruit, which should be eaten when ripe to avoid irritation in the mouth, due to its acidity. These plants thrive in tropical climates with high temperatures and humidity.