But as they age, the leaves slowly develop more and more lobes around the edges, eventually developing deep lobes that reach nearly to the central vein. This gives the R. decursiva a delicate, fringed appearance, reminiscent of a palm frond. In the wild, mature leaves can be up to 40 inches long and 20 inches wide.These plants climb to tremendous heights up to 40 feet.
However, this plant is neither a Monstera or a Philodendron, although they are all in the same family Araceae (plants in this family are often referred to as "aroids").
R. decursiva is native to India, South East Asia, and Southern China in the foothills of the Himalayas. In these tropical forests, the descursiva plant germinates in midair, in the branches of a tree. This growth pattern classifies the Rhaphidophora decursiva as an epiphyte, or tree-lover.Epiphytes make great house plants because their natural habitat in the understory of a forest is actually very similar to indoor growing conditions. In both places, they experience limited light and a limited nutrient supply.
Thus the Rhaphidophora decursiva is adaptable to many locations inside the house. Its large leaves make the most of whatever sunlight is available, and its aerial roots are extremely efficient at processing the nutrients available to them. Plus, with its vining habit, the decursiva plant is a great choice for training up a trellis, bookcase, shelf, or even across a wall. It adds a fun touch of the jungle to any home it lives in! While Raphidophoras in the wild will bloom, this is much less common in decursiva plants grown indoors.
Bloom: flower of a Raphidophora will have a stubby yellow spadix sticking up from a leaf-shaped spathe.
Light: Bright light is preferred but tolerates medium light.
Moisture: Likes to dry out completely between watering.
Humidity: Can thrive in high or low humidity
Fertilizer: Fertilize twice a month during growing season.
Mature Size: 5ft tall by 3ft wide
Habit: Upright with support, Trailing without.