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 Photo by Derrick,

 Photo by Derrick,

Author: Theodoric Valeton, 1927
Origin:   Eastern Papua New Guinea
Soil:  Epiphytic
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  7-11 Centimetres
Height:  70 Centimetres
Flower:   White
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Myrmecodia schlechteri subsp. eraveensis, Huxley & Jebb.
Myrmecodia schlechteri
subsp. kopiagoensis, Huxley & Jebb.
Myrmecodia schlechteri
var. longispina, Huxley & Jebb.
Myrmecodia schlechteri
subsp. pendula, Huxley & Jebb.

This member of the Rubiaceae family was given this name by Theodoric Valeton in 1927. It is found in eastern Papua New Guinea, growing as an epiphyte with lots of water and some sun. The caudex can grow from seven to eleven centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 70 centimetres in height - or low. The flowers are white.

The genera name means 'ant head'. The species name after Friedrich Richard Rudolf Schlechter, 20th century botanist.

A key to the genera of the HYDNOPHYTTNAE is found on the Myrmecodia alata page.

Drawing by Eleanor Catherine.
Actually Myrmecodia schlechteri subsp. schlechteri var. schlechteri Valeton.