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Swiss cheese plant
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A species of Monsteras, Also known as Fruit salad plant, Ceriman, Mexican breadfruit
Botanical name : Monstera deliciosa Genus : Monsteras

Swiss cheese plant, A species of Monsteras
Also known as:
Fruit salad plant, Ceriman, Mexican breadfruit
Botanical name: Monstera deliciosa
Genus: Monsteras
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Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa)

Description

The swiss cheese plant produces bright, glossy leaves and makes a popular house plant. It is originally native to tropical forest regions in Central America. The nickname swiss cheese plant refers to the small holes that develop in the plant's leaves. The long fruits resemble corncobs and smell sweet and fragrant when ripe.
Plant Type
Herb
Bloom Time
Spring, summer
Flower Color
White
Cream
Leaf Color
Green
White
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General Info

Name story

Fruit salad plant
this plant not only has unique and beautiful leaves but it also has peculiar fruits that look like green hexagonal scales on the outer layer of maize. When these scales fall off, they emit a strong and sweet fruit aroma. Furthermore, its fruit tastes like fruit salad. Moreover, the word deliciosa also means delicious. So, it's called a fruit salad plant.
Swiss cheese plant
this plant has always been loved for its unique leaves. During the seedling stage, its leaves are intact as a whole. However, as it ages, the leaves begin to pop out holes and lobes. The older it gets, the larger the holes and the larger the leaves are. this makes its leaves very similar looking to the holes in cheese, so it will be called Swiss cheese plant.

Symbolism

Health, longevity, respect for one's elders

Usages

Environmental Protection Value
It can improve indoor air quality and absorb carbon dioxide at night.
Garden Use
The swiss cheese plant is an excellent vertical greening plant with its large and uniquely-shaped leaves. It is prized for both that striking appearance as well as its hardy, low-maintenance nature and its tall, easy growth. This understory native is best grown in the shade of large landscaping trees such as mahogany or gumbo limbo.

Is swiss cheese plant poisonous?

Swiss cheese plant has low severity toxicity to humans. It can cause contact dermatitis from contact with the sap of the plant, leading to skin irritation, redness, itchiness, mild pain, and inflammation. Ingestion of large quantities of any part other than the fruit of this plant may cause toxic reaction, due to the presence of calcium oxalate crystals and other potential toxins. Symptoms of poisoning from eating the plant may include a burning sensation in the mouth, tongue, and throat, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, excessive salivation and drooling, and diarrhea. Poisoning is most likely to occur from accidental contact with the sap. It is commonly grown as a houseplant and might also be encountered in forests in tropical areas.

Is the swiss cheese plant harmful to dogs?

The sap within the swiss cheese plant contains toxins that are poisonous to dogs and cats.

Toxicity

While all parts of the swiss cheese plant contain calcium oxalates, the plant is only toxic in excess. With the plant being a popular houseplant, children and pets are at risk of accidentally consuming it, especially once it produces its berries. The taste of plant's berries is similar to a blend of banana and pineapple, giving it a highly appealing flavor. Although these unique berries are edible, they should not be eaten in large quantities. Excessive intake can cause severe pain in the mouth, vomiting, and diarrhea. Oral irritation may also occur, as can skin irritation if your skin comes into prolonged contact with the plant's sap.
Mild symptoms, whether internal or topical, will usually clear up on their own, so long as no more of the plant is consumed. Severe symptoms, or if an unknown amount of the plant has been eaten by a child, will require medical attention.

Toxicity in Animals

The swiss cheese plant is toxic to dogs and cats, due to the calcium oxalate present in its sap. Since the plant is commonly kept as an indoor ornamental, pets often have easy access to it, leading to a curious nibble. However, ingestion can cause severe pain in the mouth, excessive salivation, and difficulty swallowing. Fortunately, most animals stop at the first bite, since the calcium oxalate makes the plant unpalatable, meaning that severe symptoms are rare.
If your pet has consumed a large amount of the plant's berries, veterinary attention may be needed. In the future, keep the plant away from your pet when it is producing fruits.

How to Control it

Since the swiss cheese plant does well when kept up high, it can usually be easily kept out of reach from children and pets in the home. Pruning can help to encourage growth in a certain direction. If you want to completely remove the plant from your garden, cut back all of its stems and then dig out all of its roots. The plant is not aggressive and is usually easy to remove.

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