Guide: More Monstera Varieties To Love

Did you know Monstera is actually a genus that includes over 30 different varieties? While I’ve been over here smitten with the Monstera deliciosa, I couldn’t believe that there was much more Monstera to love. So, if you’re looking to expand your Monstera collection, here’s a good place to start.

Monstera varieties :: Leaf and paw

Most likely you’ve seen my Plant Portrait about the Monstera deliciosa and may or may not have propagated your own by now. I took full advantage of the plethora of photos popping up of different Monstera on Instagram, and with its help, built this list of swoon-worthy Monstera varieties.

Not all of these photos are mine, some are by some lovely IG plant parents. Be sure to check out their Instagram link in the caption and support their obsession with plants, too.

Monstera deliciosa

Mature Monstera deliciosa - leaf and paw

Monstera albo borsigiana

Monstera deliciosa albo
Photo by Anna, @littleandlush

Monstera deliciosa albo

White leaf Monstera deliciosa albo
Photo by Craig, @craigmilran

Monstera deliciosa aurea

Monstera deliciosa aurea
Photo by Craig, @craigmilran

Monstera obliqua

Monstera obliqua
Photo by Mick, @mickmitty

Monstera adansonii (narrow leaf)

Monstera adonsonii

Monstera adansonii (round form)

Monstera adonsonii
Photo by Alina, @alina.fassakhova

Monstera adonsonii variegata

Monstera adonsonii variegata
Photo by Dinh @dinhhan_kiro

Monstera pinnatipartita 

Monstera pinnatipartita
Photo by Craig, @craigmilran

Monstera borsigiana

Monstera borsigiana - leaf and paw
Photo by Kate, @plantmomphl

Monstera dubia

Monstera dubia - leaf and paw
Photo by Craig, @craigmilran

Monstera siltepecana

Monstera siltepecana - leaf and paw
Photo by Alice, @aliceinplanterland

Rhaphidophora tetrasperma (called Mini monstera, not really a monstera)

Mini monstera - leaf and paw
Photo by Anna, @littleandlush

Some of these Monsteras are easy to get confused by, so here are are common misunderstandings:

  • Monstera obliqua is very rare and can be confused for Monstera adansonii. If you look above, the obliqua’s leaves are crazy thin and tissue-like while the adansonii has sturdy, fatter leaves. You’re definitely seeing adansonii for sale everywhere, not obliqua.
  • Monstera deliciosa and monstera borsigiana are almost identical. The only different feature is borsigiana are typically smaller in every way – leaves, stature, holes. It’s usually hard to tell with young plants, but you can see adult specimens are always slightly smaller than their deliciosa sistas.
  • Rhaphidophora tetrasperma (the last photo) is seriously gorgeous, but not technically a Monstera. They’re commonly called mini monsteras, and looks monstera like with their large leaf cuts, so they made my list. They’re actually part of the tetetrasperma genus.

Remember, all Monstera varieties are toxic to pets. Since they are part of the Araceae family (the same as Dieffenbachia and Philodendrons, which are also unsafe), I urge plant parents to think about acquiring new Monsteras, especially since they can be rather expensive. I’ve seen extremely rare Monstera obliqua cuttings sell for over 2K on ebay. Yowzers.

Monstera albo - leaf and paw
Photo by Craig, @craigmilran

Do you know of a monstera that I missed? Leave a comment!

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  1. I just discovered this blog, and I love it. I’m getting a cat soon, and the only non-toxic plant I have is a Monstera. Is there a way for me to tell if she is going to eat or mess with it?

    1. Thanks Priscilla! I always tell new pet owners to watch your pet with your plants very carefully and monitor them for a week or so. In addition to watching, monitor the plant for chew marks. Do not leave pets alone with a plant unless you know they are not interested, but a few weeks should tell you if they care or not. I would still keep your monstera on a plant stand so it is at least off the ground, cats like to dig in soil too.

  2. Hi. I have a question Does Monstera deliciosa albo variegata & Monstera albo borsigiana variegata are the same? Thank you so much.

    1. Hi! The borsigiana is a smaller variety of monstera, but looks exactly like a deliciosa. The deliciosa will grow bigger and have more fenestrations in the leaves than a borsigiana.

    1. Hi Beta, this sometimes happens with all white or partially white leaves. Because they do not contain chlorophyll it is normal for them to begin to brown and they may die. Keeping them in a very bright, warm location in ample humidity will help.

  3. I wonder if you have an email that i can contact? if i could asking about my monstera with a picture, so you can give an advice for me. Thank you

  4. What’s your Facebook I have a version not sure which one some have no hole while others may have 2 I’m getting brown spots on stem and some leaves oh is 6.5 is was to moist but haven’t watered it for it’s weekly water

    1. Hi Ashley, all social is on the top bar of my website. And you may have a younger plant which is why some leaves may have holes and others not. Brown spots on stem could be cold damage or overwatering, so I would leave it to dry out a bit before you water again.

  5. Thank you for your post on the fabulous varieties of Monsteras. I’m new to them, I have a nice large yard which I am starting to “TROPICALIZE”. I have some giant trees to plant some varieties of Monstera under with nice shade and have them eventually grow up the tree. Not the rare ones, I don’t have any “rare” babies yet.
    I do have one that is not mentioned. I’ll get back to you with a pic and type. I only have a yearling that looks nothing like it will when more mature…..

  6. I just bought a small (“small”, the two leaves are each like 8 inches long) cutting under the name “monstera aureopinnata”. Doesn’t look like there’s a lot of info about it, any tips/info?

    1. Hi CJ! This monstera is similar to a “Monstera pinnatipartita” and follows the came care as that variety or a Monstera adasonii. It’s a vining plant that likes bright indirect light, to dry between waterings, and high humidity. I hope that helps!

    1. Hi Raina, so that’s also known as a Monstera dubia and a very cool plant and listed here! Let me know if this looks different than what you have and if so feel free to send me a photo on IG or fB!

  7. I have a couple you missed, M. friedrichsthalii, M. karstenianum, M. laniata, M. lechleriana, M. acacoyaguensis and M. pinnatipartita…nah, I don’t love Monsteras!
    But, there are a couple more species I’m in search of.

  8. Iran across your article trying to find a mature monstera radicans. Looks like the Peru, or karstenianum, young.

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