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Family: RUBIACEAE 

 Myrmecodia platytyrea
 
  
Author:  Odoardo Beccari 1884
Family:  Rubiaceae
Habitat:  Papua New Guinea/Northern Australia
Soil:  No; Epiphytic
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Minimum
Thickness:  20 centimetres
Height:  30 centimetres
Flower:  White, 15 or 16 mm long
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  Ant Plant
Synonyms:  -

Most photos on this page are from Frank Omilian, Michigan.
All are
Myrmecodia platytyrea subspecies antoinii, grown in american collections.
On the other subspecies, Myrmecodia platytyrea subspecies platytyrea, the shield shaped structures along the stem are noticeably longer than wide.

 

Photo by Frank Omilian

   This member of the Rubiaceae family was described by Odoardo Beccari in 1884. It is found in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea and Cape York, Australia. It is an epiphyte, needs lots of water but not much sun. The caudex will grow to 20 centimetres in diameter, the stems can reach for 30 centimetres. The flowers are white (15 or 16 mm long), and the plant can only be reproduced by seeds.

Myrmecodia antoinii, Beccari 1884, has been moved to a subspecies of Myrmecodia platytyrea by Huxley & Jebb in 1993.

SubFamily: Rubioideae
Tribe: Psychotrieae
SubTribe: Hydnophytinae

Myrmecodia platytyrea subs. antoinii from outside Port Morseby, Papau New Guinea. My own photo.

The plant in Kiel BG. My own photo.

Found this in another German BG.

Photo by Frank Omilian