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Photo by Satoshi Okada.

Photo by Petr Kříž.

Photo by Satoshi Okada.

Author: Odoardo Beccari, 1884
Origin:  Sulawesi Island; Indonesia, Philippines
Soil:  Epiphytic
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  18 Centimetres
Height:  40 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Myrmecodia selebica, Odoardo Beccari, 1874.

This member of the Rubiaceae family was given this name by Odoardo Beccari in 1884. It is found in Indonesia on the island of Sulawesi and in the Philippines, growing as an epiphyte with quite some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to 18 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 40 centimetres in height. The flowers are white.

The genera name from Latin Myrme; 'ant' and Latin -phyto; 'plant'. The species name means ' from Celebes' present day Sulawesi, an Indonesian island.

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

Drawing by Rosemary Wise.