, Volume 66, Issue 2, pp 207-213
Date: 12 May 2012

A New Monstera Species (Araceae) of Economic Importance from Honduras

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Monstera maderaverde Grayum & Karney (Araceae: Monsteroiodeae: Monstereae), here described as new to science, is an endemic, secondarily hemiepiphytic species from Honduras producing a saleable product. Remarkably, it has been completely missed in scientific identification. Many tropical communities worldwide employ fibrous Araceae for household applications and commercial sale. Hemiepiphytic Araceae are important medicinally and ornamentally in Bolivia, and pendent Araceae roots have been used for basket-weaving in Mexico (Monstera deliciosa Liebm., Syngonium podophyllum Schott) and Tonga (Epipremnum pinnatum [L.] Engl.), while Epipremnum cermaense has been used in canoe outrigging on the Indonesian island of Halmahera (Acebey et al. 2010; Hettinger and Cox 1997; Martínez-Romero et al. 2004). Further, basket-weaving and construction applications of aroids belonging to the genus Heteropsis have been documented in Amazonia (Knab-Vispo et al. 2003).

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