Monstera deliciosa Liebm.

First published in Vidensk. Meddel. Naturhist. Foren. Kjøbenhavn 1: 19 (1849)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Mexico (Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas) to Guatemala. It is a liana and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome. It is used as a poison and a medicine, has environmental uses and social uses and for food.


Biogeografic region: Andean. Elevation range: 450–2620 m a.s.l. Cultivated in Colombia. Colombian departments: Antioquia, Bogotá DC, Cundinamarca, Meta, Nariño.
Herb, Hemiepiphyte, Climbing.
Habitat according IUCN Habitats Classification: forest and woodland, savanna, shrubland, artificial - terrestrial.
Abalazos, Balazo, Ceriman, Hojadillo, Piña anona, Piñanona

J. R. Timberlake, E. S. Martins (2012). Flora Zambesiaca, Vol 12 (part 1) Araceae. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Swiss Cheese Plant
Morphology General Habit
Climbing or sprawling plant with stout green internodes
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blade broadly ovate, up to 90 × 75 cm, regularly pinnatifid, adult leaf perforated in several parallel series, cordate to subcordate; petiole longer than blade, up to 1m long, pulvinate apically, sheath with persistent margins, reaching to petiole-apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers extremely infrequently; spathe broadly boat-shaped, soon deciduous; spadix cylindric. Flowers bisexual, perigone absent
(Description taken from F.T.E.A.)
Recorded from Zimbabwe in the Flora area.

Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

Cultivada en Colombia; Alt. 450 - 2620 m.; Andes.
Morphology General Habit
Hierba, trepadora, hemiepífita

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E.

Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident

Bernal, R., G. Galeano, A. Rodríguez, H. Sarmiento y M. Gutiérrez. 2017. Nombres Comunes de las Plantas de Colombia.

abalazo, abalazos, balazo, balazos, hojadillo, hojarrota, milbalazos, ojalillo, uñedanta


Use Environmental
Environmental uses.
Use Food
Used for food.
Use Medicines
Medical uses.
Use Poisons
Use Social
Social uses.

A common ornamental climber throughout the world. The ripe fruits are edible although the outer ‘rind’ of thickened styles should be avoided, being full of needle- like trichosclereids.

Common Names

Swiss-cheese Plant


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