Rhaphidophora cryptantha totem 4.5"


The Rhaphidophora cryptantha, commonly known as "Shingle Plant", has smaller 2" leaves that basically flatten themselves to what they are climbing on. The slightly velvet dark green and silver viewed leaves really need something to climb on to see the strange beauty of this plant.  Super weird and super cool.  

  • Light - part sun to part shade
  • Watering - dry to 5% between watering
  • Soil - potting mix

Images are used for general reference only. The size and shape of each plant will vary. As well as the bloom state. 

Rhaphidophora is a genus of about 100 species of climbing plants in the family Araceae. Thick, green, and robust in nature. Makes for a great graphic specimen. 

Light: Part sun to part shade depending on species

Water: For most species, allow to dry 5%

Environment: Depending on species, Rhaphidophora can be potted with either aroid mix, regular potting mix, or a blend of the two

Toxicity: Reported to be toxic

Habit / Size: Size can vary by species; they’re climbing plants, so they can climb on poles or be left alone as a hanging plant  

Of Note:

  • Rhapidophora decursiva: The glossy slim leaves of this uncommon aroid can mature into giant, highly fenestrated beauties! In its natural setting, vines climb into tree canopies where leaves can become several feet long. While this is unlikely in the home setting, an indoor gardener can dream.
    • Light: Part sun to part shade
    • Water: Let dry 5% of volume
    • Environment: Aroid soil

  • Rhaphidophora tetrasperma: The Rhaphidophora tetrasperma, commonly called "Mini Monstera,” is an aroid native to southern Thailand and Malaysia. These lush green beauties develop splits in their leaves as they age. Want to turn your room into a tropical jungle? Here you go.
    • Light: Part sun to part shade
    • Water: Dry to the touch
    • Environment: Potting mix

  • Rhaphidophora cryptantha: The Rhaphidophora cryptantha, commonly known as "Shingle Plant,” has smaller 2" leaves that basically flatten themselves to what they’re climbing on. Super weird and super cool.  
    • Light: Part sun to part shade
    • Water: Let dry 5% of volume
    • Environment: Potting mix

*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, help avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting.

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