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Family: RUBIACEAE 

 Myrmecodia echinata
 
  
Author:  Charles Gaudichaud-Beaupré 1830
Family:  Rubiaceae
Habitat:  Malaysia
Soil:  No, Epiphytic
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Minimum
Thickness:  16-25 centimetres
Height:  50-75 centimetres
Flower:  White
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  Ant Plant
Synonyms:  Might be a synonym of: Myrmecodia tuberosa
   This member of the Rubiaceae family was described by Charles Gaudichaud-Beaupré in 1830 - I think. It is found in the rainforests of Malaysia. It is an epiphyte, needs lots of water but not much sun. The caudex will grow to 16-25 centimetres in diameter, the stems can reach for 50-75 centimetres. The tiny flowers are white, and the plant can only be reproduced by seeds.

The caudex are hollow, and host ants. Those ants isn't aggressive, and do little to defend the plant. The might just bring nutrients to it. On the other hand, the plant does not feed them like other Rubiaceaes.

SubFamily: Rubioideae
Tribe: Psychotrieae
SubTribe: Hydnophytinae

 

These were tagged Myrmecodia echinata in Kiel BG.