split-leaf philodendron


variants or split leaf philodendron
plural split-leaf philodendrons or split leaf philodendrons
: a monstera (Monstera deliciosa) of southern Mexico to Panama that is often grown as a houseplant and that has large, glossy, deeply incised or perforated leaves, an erect floral spadix enclosed in a white to yellow concave bract, and an elongated, scaly, sweet fruit
To emulate their growing habit in nature, split-leaf philodendrons in our homes are commonly grown to climb on a moss pole that allows the aerial roots to attach and take in moisture as they would in the wild.Helen Chesnut
The split leaf philodendron … is known for its tropical oversize leaves with what appears to be cuts within them.Tom Bruton

Note: While this plant is no longer classified as a true philodendron, the names split-leaf philodendron and cut-leaf philodendron still continue to be commonly used. This plant is also known as ceriman, Mexican breadfruit, and Swiss cheese plant.

Examples of split-leaf philodendron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 10-inch split-leaf philodendron can grow and climb up to 10 feet tall with proper care. Kaitlyn McInnis, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of split-leaf philodendron was in 1940

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“Split-leaf philodendron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/split-leaf%20philodendron. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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