Wild split-leaf philodendron flowering in central Mexico
Monstera deliciosa or philodendron pertusumare is a tropical vine native to Mexico and Central America. It has large, glossy dark green leaves distinctive for their lovely pattern of oval holes and deep long cuts from the edges. They grow under the canopy in subtropical and tropical climates in both rainforests and those areas that are only seasonally wet and also go through a dry season. For all these reasons they have long been a popular staple of the northern climate indoor horticulturalist and amateur plant aficionado.
The plants above are the upper parts of the plants in the other photos. The part of the vine that is climbing up the tree in the middle rear of the photo above is the same portion that is visible in the photo with Marc below.
This species of split leaf philodendron is also called taro vine, monstera deliciosa, Mexican breadfruit, and window leaf. The flesh of the fruit segments that form along the stalk smell and taste very sweet and have a delicious, distinctly their own flavour.
Although they will grow in most any conditions, getting leggy or shrinking their leaf size in low light, cold, prolonged drought, or other tough indoor conditions, it is glorious to see a specimen thriving in the wild. The group of plants in these photos are between a garden and bit of jungle in Tepoztlan, a town in the state of Morelos, just about 2 hours drive south of Mexico City.