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Published: 2021-11-30

Two new species of Monstera (Araceae: Monsteroideae) from the Pacific slope of the Andes in Colombia

Departamento de Biología, Universidad del Valle, Calle 13, #100-00, Cali, Colombia. Herbario Luis Sigifredo Espinal Tascón, Universidad del Valle, Edificio B1, Calle 13, #100-00, Cali, Colombia.
Herbario Luis Fournier Origgi (USJ), Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.
Miami, 15811 SW 90 CT, Palmetto, FL, 33157, USA.
Anchicayá river basin Chocó Biogeographic region Las Orquídeas National Natural Park Tatamá National Natural Park Western Cordillera Monocots


The genus Monstera is represented in Colombia by 20 species, 12 of them from the Pacific slope of the Andes. Fieldwork between 2017 and 2019 in this region and a thorough revision of the main Colombian herbaria allowed us to discover two undescribed species belonging to Monstera section Monstera. The two new species are described and illustrated using color photographs of vegetative and reproductive features from living material, and compared to Monstera oreophila, M. epipremnoides and M. dissecta from Central America.


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