Monstera Adansonii

Monkey face plant; Monkey plant; Mini Swiss cheese plant

Why we love Wallace

A smaller relative of the classic Swiss Cheese Plant, he’s cute, quirky and extremely easy to look after.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

If you notice his leaves are gathering dust, give them a light wipe with a damp cloth. A clean Wallace is a happy Wallace.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Monstera adansonii


Monkey face plant; Monkey plant; Mini Swiss cheese plant

Air purifying


Plant height


Pet/Baby safe

Mildly toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size

5.5 cm

About Monstera adansonii

Monstera adansonii is often confused with Monstera obliqua. In fact, you’ll quite often see Adanosonii advertised as Obliqua. They’re not quite the same and if you see a Monstera obliqua selling at a reasonable price, it’s all but certain it’s really an Adansonii.

Monstera obliqua is incredibly rare, even in the wild, and would cost thousands to acquire. Its leaves are paper thin and skeletal, with more hole than leaf. Adansonii has slightly thicker, sturdier leaves. But don’t think of it as inferior to Obliqua. It gives you all the pleasure of a Monstera obliqua without the price tag or the need to find a shady black market dealer.

Monstera adansonii is a relative of the larger Swiss Cheese plant, or Chaz. It has the same irregular leaves. In the jungles of Central and South America, it lives in the shade of other trees. All those holes let light shine through to its lower leaves. As a house plant, all those holes just make it look really cool.

Did you know?

It’s common name comes from its apparent resemblance to a monkey’s face. We’re not sure the person who named it had ever seen a monkey.