Rare Variegated Monstera Minima (Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma) Plant Sold for Over $ 19,000

The most expensive houseplant ever sold

By: THURSD. | 20-03-2022 | 3 min read

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma goes by many names, such as Mini monstera, mini split-leaf, Ginny philodendron. The variegated is having a huge moment in the spotlight currently. (The normal green one is quite easy to find nowadays, as many growers stepped into the space after the plant became a trend in 2018, thanks largely to social media.)


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Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma


Variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma With Just 9 Leaves Sold for a Record $ 19,297

After a bidding war at a New Zealand site a scarce white variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma plant, a.k.a Monstera Minima, was recently sold for a whopping sum in an online auction. It fetched a cool $ 19,297 to become "the most expensive houseplant ever sold" on the public sale website – Trade Me.


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The Most Expensive Houseplant Ever Sold

Bids for the "very rare white variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma" closed Sunday night, rising in the last four minutes as bidder "foliage_patch" battled the eventual winner, tagged "meridianlamb." Trade Me spokesperson Millie Silvester told CNN that the plant was the most expensive houseplant ever sold on the auction site.

"After a heated bidding war in the auction's final minutes, the rare plant had over 102,000 views and more than 1,600 watchlists, which just goes to show how much Kiwis adore houseplants."

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Variegation refers to two or more different colors in the leaves of the plant. These types of plants are very trending at the moment. Last Year, a Variegated Monstera was sold, and then was this plant the most expensive plant. Read about this plant here: "Monstera Deliciosa Albo Variegata – The Most Expensive Plants in the World?"


White (Albo) is the most wanted variegation, and you also have yellow variegated plants and even different shades green is also a kind of variegation. Read about different sorts of monstera variegations here: "All Variegated Monstera Plants Together – Albo, Aurea, Sport & Thai Constellation."


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Rhapidophora Tetrasperma

Rhapidophora Tetrasperma is also known as Monstera Minima, and native to Thailand and Malaysia, according to the Royal Gardens at Kew's online plant register. The seller, "Hurley88" said the condition of this specimen was "used" and that pickup from its location in New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, was preferred. There were 248 bids for the plant. You can definitely say that expensive house plants the new interior design objects.



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