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Rhaphidophora cryptantha is part of the Araceae family and its native range is Papua New Guinea. It is hemiepiphytic and shingles the bark of host trees. Leaves are broadly ovate and coriaceous with a cordate base and silver grey venation. Inflorescences arise and open on shoots carried behind the appressed shingling leaves meaning they are often obscured. This plant is sometimes thought to be Monstera dubia; leaves are ascending on Rhaphidophora cryptantha and descending on Monstera dubia.
Genus name comes from the Greek ‘rhaphido’ meaning needle and ‘pherô’ meaning I bear; this refers to the macroscopic needle-like unicellular trichosclereids present in tissues - the purpose of which is to protect the plant from herbivores. Specific epithet comes from the Greek ‘crypto’ meaning hidden and ‘antha’ meaning flowering, this is in reference to the hidden inflorescence.
This listing is for one plant only. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock. You will receive a plant as close to the picture and description as possible.
Foliage length: Approx 20cm.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive.
Water: Allow the first 2 inches of mix to dry out. Before watering, ensure the substrate isn’t compacted, if it is, aerate it with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes. Remember to mist the moss board.
Potting mix: A chunky, well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.
It is also possible to grow Rhaphidophora cryptantha without potting mix by mounting a cutting onto a moss board, you would water by dunking the board when the moss begins to dry out.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Humidity: 70% and above with good air circulation.
Rhaphidophora cryptantha is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.