Every Monstera From A to Z – Your Ultimate Guide to Monstera Varieties

Discover each unique variety, from the popular Monstera deliciosa to the rare and exquisite lesser known species.

These tropical plants, originating from the deepest jungles, have transformed homes into vibrant green spaces, bringing a slice of the wild indoors with their distinctive fenestrated leaves and robust growth.

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With a plethora of species to explore, your indoor jungle can become a testament to the Monstera’s versatility.

Let’s explore Monsteras from A to Z and explore each of their unique characteristics and the mesmerizing variety they bring.

1. Monstera Acacoyaguensis

Monstera Acacoyaguensis photographed in great detail

Discover the charm of the Monstera Acacoyaguensis! Often celebrated for its decorative leaves, this tropical treasure is a showstopper in any plant collection.

With its unique foliage sporting natural holes, it’s no wonder it catches the eye!

2. Monstera Acuminata

A gorgeous Monstera Acuminata with a strick on the middle to motivate growth

This intriguing species is a member of the illustrious Araceae family, known for its distinctive shingle-like leaves that gracefully climb up your walls or moss poles.

3. Monstera Adansonii (Adanson’s monstera)

A small Monstera Adansonii placed inside the living room

The Monstera Adansonii is a must-have in any plant collection, sporting unique, lush, eye-catching foliage! This plant is not just stunning but also a breeze to care for.

With just a bit of love and attention, your Monstera Adansonii will bring a jungle vibe to your space.

4. Monstera Adansonii Variegata

A small juvenile Monstera Adansonii Variegata

The Variegated Monstera adansonii features stunning white or yellow variegation. Regular inspections will keep your leafy friend happy and healthy.

Enjoy the rare beauty and spread the joy by sharing cuttings with your fellow plant lovers!

5. Monstera Aurea Variegata (Golden Monstera)

Monstera Aurea Variegata photographed up close

Step into the world of the Monstera Aurea Variegata, affectionately known as the Golden Monstera. Imagine splashes of sunshine on sturdy, heart-shaped leaves—a real eye-catcher in any plant collection.

This Monstera variety boasts distinctive yellow variegation; each leaf features vibrant patterns that dart and dance across the deep green canvas.

6. Monstera Borsigiana

A huge wall covered in Monstera Borsigiana

Originating from the rainforests, this plant offers heart-shaped leaves that bring a vibrant touch to any room. Enjoy vibes and endless compliments from friends and family alike!

7. Monstera Borsigiana Variegata

A gorgeous green and white mix of Monstera Borsigiana Variegata

This rare variety beams with unique leaves that showcase whimsical patterns of cream and green. Each leaf is a natural masterpiece, ensuring your plant is one of a kind.

Deck your space with a Monstera Borsigiana Variegata, and you’re not just adding greenery; you’re cultivating a slice of the exotic right in your home.

8. Monstera Deliciosa

A pot of a gorgeous Monstera Deliciosa

The “Monstera Deliciosa,” originally from the tropical forests of southern Mexico, is unique among its genus for its large, glossy leaves that can grow up to 1 foot or more.

9. Monstera Deliciosa ‘Borsigiana Albo Variegata’

Stunningly beautiful Monstera Deliciosa 'Borsigiana Albo Variegata' in the living room

This particular Monstera is rarer and might come with a heftier price tag, but its visual feast is worth every penny.

It’s a highly sought-after variant for its distinctive variegated leaves, which display a mix of green and creamy white or yellow patterns.

The variegation is less predictable and more random compared to other Monstera varieties, making each plant truly one-of-a-kind.

10. Monstera Deliciosa ‘Borsigiana Albo Variegata’ Half Moon

Up close photo of a Monstera Deliciosa 'Borsigiana Albo Variegata' Half Moon

This rare beauty is a smaller-leafed cousin of the classic Monstera Deliciosa, with the ‘Half Moon’ referring to its unique leaf pattern where half the leaf is pure white and the other half is a deep green.

11. Monstera Deliciosa ‘Thai Constellation’

A Monstera Deliciosa 'Thai Constellation' planted in a basket

What sets this gem apart is its stunning variegated leaves. Imagine creamy-white splashes and flecks against a lush green backdrop, creating a starry effect reminiscent of a night sky.

Here’s a fun fact: this plant variety was cultivated in a laboratory in Thailand. It’s a testament to the amazing things we can achieve through science and a love for plants!

And because of the careful tissue culture process, each ‘Thai Constellation’ is a unique piece of living art.

12. Monstera Deliciosa ‘Variegata’

Monstera Deliciosa 'Variegata' crawling in a stick

Unlike the ‘Borsigiana Albo Variegata,’ which tends to have more white or creamy variegation, the ‘Variegata’ can have a more balanced mix of green and white.

The variegated leaves have less chlorophyll than the fully green ones, which can slow the plant’s growth rate and make it more sensitive to light conditions.

This uniqueness and the slower growth rate make the ‘Variegata’ a highly coveted plant among collectors.

13. Monstera Dilacerata

Monstera Dilacerata growing on the side of the tree

Monstera Dilacerata isn’t as commonly spotted as its cousin Monstera Deliciosa, but it brings its own extraordinary twist to the Monstera family.

Unlike the Deliciosa, the Dilacerata features elongated, narrow leaves with a distinctively rough texture and deep, uneven splits along the edges.

This less common variety lacks the characteristic fenestrations (holes) seen in the Deliciosa’s leaves, giving it a more solid leaf structure.

14. Monstera Dubia (Shingle Plant)

Monstera Dubia (Shingle Plant) showing bright green and dark green colors

Fondly known as the Shingle Plant, this variety earns its nickname because its leaves lay flat against whatever it climbs, reminiscent of shingles on a rooftop.

Your Monstera Dubia starts its life with small, heart-shaped leaves. But don’t let its humble beginnings fool you.

This climber transforms dramatically once it begins its ascent, its leaves enlarging and taking on a more mature, split appearance.

15. Monstera Dubia ‘Variegata’

A small green and dark green leaves of a Monstera Dubia 'Variegata'

Discover a climbing marvel in the Monstera Dubia ‘Variegata’! This rare variety sparkles with a pattern of light and dark on its leaves, showcasing a playful dance of variegation.

It’s small for its kin, yet its climbing vigor is truly captivating.

16. Monstera Egregia

Monstera Egregia showing off its bright green leaves

This rare beauty is part of the vast Araceae family and brings a distinct look with its slender, leathery leaves.

Native to Central and Southern Mexico up to Belize, it thrives in the humid, shadowy undergrowth of the jungle, climbing trees with grace.

With its climbing nature, consider providing a moss pole for support, allowing it to reach its full potential.

17. Monstera Epipremnoides

A huge Monstera Epipremnoides growing indoors

Originating from the tropical forests of Costa Rica and Panama, this plant is characterized by its large, glossy, and deeply fenestrated leaves.

The Epipremnoides have more elongated leaves with a narrower shape and a higher number of fenestrations.

These splits and holes are more uniform and extend close to the leaf’s central vein, giving the plant a delicate, lace-like appearance.

18. Monstera Esqueleto

Monstera Esqueleto photographed in detail

This rare and exotic member of the Monstera family is renowned for its extraordinary leaf morphology. The name “Esqueleto,” meaning “skeleton” in Spanish, aptly describes its appearance.

The leaves of this plant are highly fenestrated with large, irregular holes, and have a skeleton-like structure, giving them a striking and unique look.

19. Monstera Friedrichsthalii

Bright yellowing leaves of a Monstera Friedrichsthalii

Found in the understory of tropical forests, this plant is particularly noted for its elongated, heart-shaped leaves and the numerous oval-shaped holes that adorn them.

Its vining nature allows it to be grown in hanging baskets or trained to climb on a moss pole or trellis, offering versatility in home décor.

20. Monstera Laniata

Up close photo of a Monstera Laniata

The leaves of Monstera Laniata are characterized by their dramatic fenestrations, which are the large splits and holes that develop as the plant matures.

Like the Friedrichsthalii, these fenestrations tend to be more elongated and irregular.

21. Monstera Lechleriana

Bright green leaves of a Monstera Lechleriana

This tropical vine’s art-like foliage brings any indoor space alive! With a resemblance to its cousin, the renowned Monstera adansonii, its charming leaf patterns are a sight to behold.

22. Monstera Minima (Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma)

A small Monstera Minima planted in a black pot

Discover the charm of the Monstera Minima, a doppelgänger for the grand Monstera Deliciosa but in a more manageable size.

Its leaves are small, with deep splits and fenestrations, giving it a distinctive, lacy appearance. Ideal for indoor spaces, it thrives in bright, indirect light and high humidity, mirroring its natural rainforest habitat.

23. Monstera Obliqua

Crawling Monstera Obliqua in a white pot placed on a wooden plant holder

Discover the elusive Monstera Obliqua, often confused with its lookalike, the Monstera Adansonii.

You can spot the real Obliqua with its extraordinarily fenestrated leaves, which are so pronounced that the leaf often appears more hole than the leaf.

24. Monstera Obliqua ‘Peruana’

Crooked leaves of a Monstera Obliqua ‘Peruana’

A true treasure from the dense rainforests of Peru, this unique variety is a plant lover’s dream.

Unlike the more common Monstera Obliqua, which is famous for its highly fenestrated leaves, the ‘Peruana’ variant features solid, heart-shaped leaves with a deep, dark green color.

25. Monstera Peru (Karstenianum)

Stunningly gorgeous Monstera Peru (Karstenianum)

Imagine a plant that can bring a touch of the Peruvian rainforest right into your living space!

What makes it unique is it does not have fenestrations or holes in the leaves. The leaves are smaller and more rounded, with a distinctive puckered surface, giving them a corrugated feel.

26. Monstera Peru Variegated

Bright yellow and green leaves of a Monstera Peru Variegated

Have you stumbled upon the rare variegated Monstera Peru yet? This beauty takes the charm of the standard Monstera Peru up a notch with its fascinating foliage.

This plant features the characteristic textured, glossy leaves of Monstera Peru but with added splashes of white, cream, or yellow variegation.

27. Monstera Pinnatipartita

Bright stunning leaves of a  Monstera Pinnatipartita white flower underneath it

Monstera Pinnatipartita is a captivating climber that will invigorate your indoor jungle with a touch of the tropics.

The leaves are large and deeply segmented, with mature leaves exhibiting a pinnate pattern. As the plant ages, the leaves develop more pronounced splits that extend from the edges toward the central vein.

28. Monstera Punctulata

A huge leaf of a Monstera Punctulata

Its elongated leaves distinguish Monstera Punctulata with a unique pattern of small, uniform holes or punctures and a slightly wavy leaf margin.

This wavy edge adds to the plant’s visual appeal, complementing the distinctive punctured pattern.

29. Monstera Siltepecana

Mixture of white and green leaves of a Monstera Siltepecana

Embark on a journey with the enchanting Monstera Siltepecana. This tropical marvel is beloved for its stunning foliage, a tapestry of silver and green.

The leaves of Monstera Siltepecana are elongated and heart-shaped, featuring a striking silvery sheen overlaid on a deep green background.

As the plant matures, the leaves may develop more pronounced fenestrations, adding to its visual interest.

30. Monstera Siltepecana ‘El Salvador’

Beautiful Monstera Siltepecana 'El Salvador' green leaves

Continuing from the enchanting Monstera Siltepecana, the ‘El Salvador’ variety adds its own unique charm to this tropical marvel.

This variant is distinguished by its larger, more robust foliage compared to the standard Siltepecana.

The leaves of ‘El Salvador’ are broader and feature the same captivating silver and green coloration but with an even more pronounced silvery overlay, giving them a striking, almost metallic sheen.

31. Monstera Spruceana

The leaves of Monstera Spruceana are deep green in color and display a smooth, glossy texture.

Unlike many other Monstera species, Spruceana’s leaves do not have the characteristic fenestrations or holes, but they do have deep, pronounced veins that add texture and visual interest.

32. Monstera Standleyana

A small juvenile Monstera Standleyana on a white background

This plant is notable for its long, narrow leaves adorned with a mix of green, white, and sometimes yellow variegation.

Standleyana’s leaves typically do not develop the characteristic fenestrations or holes. The plant has a vining growth habit, making it suitable for hanging baskets or for training up a support structure.

33. Monstera Standleyana ‘Albo Variegata’

Variegated leaves of a Monstera Standleyana 'Albo Variegata'

Monstera Standleyana ‘Albo Variegata’ is a particularly stunning variant of the Monstera Standleyana, highly prized for its striking variegated foliage.

It features the characteristic long, narrow leaves of Standleyana but with the addition of bold white or cream variegation.

Like the standard Monstera Standleyana, the ‘Albo Variegata’ does not typically develop fenestrations.

34. Monstera Subpinnata

This plant features large, deeply cut leaves that are pinnate or feather-like in appearance.

These leaves are divided into multiple sections, giving them a segmented look that is quite different from the more commonly seen fenestrated leaves of other Monstera species.

The foliage of Monstera Subpinnata is a rich green color, and the leaves can grow quite large, adding a dramatic flair to any indoor space.

35. Monstera Tenuis

Ruined leaves of a Monstera Tenuis

The foliage of Monstera Tenuis is characterized by a lighter, almost airy texture, which contrasts with the thicker, more robust leaves of some other Monsteras.

This species also exhibits a climbing growth habit, using its aerial roots to attach to and ascend vertical surfaces.

36. Monstera Variegata

Bright white and green leaves of a Monstera Variegata

Last but not least, the Monstera Variegata, also referred to as the Variegated Monstera, is a true spectacle in the world of houseplants, particularly renowned for its marbled leaf patterns.

This variegation manifests as a beautiful interplay of white, cream, or yellow patches seamlessly blending with the classic deep green of Monstera leaves, creating a marble-like effect.

Wrapping Up Your Monstera Adventure

Exploring the lush variety of Monstera plants has been quite an adventure!

You’ve now uncovered a spectrum of these jungle gems, each with unique charms and characteristics.

Remember, whether you have the sprawling Monstera deliciosa or the petite and rare Monstera obliqua, taking care of these tropical beauties can bring a slice of the rainforest right into your home.

If your green thumb is itching to get started, take a peek at this comprehensive care guide to keep your Monstera thriving.

You’re now equipped with the knowledge to choose the perfect Monstera that fits your space and lifestyle.

Now, go ahead and get ready to transform your home into a tropical paradise with these awe-inspiring plants!

Every Monstera From A to Z - Your Ultimate Guide to Monstera Varieties