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see arumarum,
common name for the Araceae, a plant family mainly composed of species of herbaceous terrestrial and epiphytic plants found in moist to wet habitats of the tropics and subtropics; some are native to temperate zones.
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a genus of plants of the family Araceae. They are lianas that climb by means of adventitious roots. The plants often become detached from the soil and continue to live as epiphytes. The first leaves are entire; later ones are pinnatisect and perforated. The flowers are bisexual, in spadices that have spathes. The fruit is a berry. There are approximately 50 species, distributed in tropical America. Some species are grown as ornamentals in greenhouses and homes. The most common species is the ceriman, or monster plant (Monstera deliciosa), whose fruits are edible.


Morshchikhina, S. S. Monstera delikatesnaia…. Moscow-Leningrad, 1961.
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Monsteras produces both hardwood and softwood pulp and consumes more than 3.5 million cubic meters of raw materials each year in the form of logs and sawmill chips.
As project leader at Monsteras, Bertil Johansson explained, "Improved bark handling, drying and, burning means better performance in the early part of the process and that will help us improve productivity and quality consistency.
At Monsteras and Langasjon the investments will include new dryers for a total of SEK27m.
This renewed interest led me to open a city centre plant shop, and among the top sellers is Monstera (known as the Swiss cheese plant), which likes bright surroundings but it should be kept away from direct sunlight.