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The hairy form from Central Highlands, Viti Levu Island, Fiji. Photo by Derrick Rowe.


The hairy form from particularly Central Highlands, Viti Levu Island, Fiji. Photo by Derrick Rowe.


The hairy form from Central Highlands, Viti Levu Island, Fiji with Astelia montana to its left. Photo by Derrick Rowe.


The hairless form from Colo i Suva Forest Park near Suva, Viti Levu Island, Fiji. Photo by Derrick Rowe.

Author: Guillaume Chomicki, 2016
Family:  RUBIACEAE
Origin:  Viti Levu, Ovalau: Fiji
Soil:  Epiphytic
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  30 Centimetres?
Height:  50 Centimetres?
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Ant Plant
Synonyms:  Might be. Squamellaria wilsonii, Guillaume Chomicki, 2016.
Hydnophytum longiflorum,
Asa Gray, 1860. Hydnophytum horneanum, Becc. 1884.  Hydnophytum tenuiflorum, Becc. 1884. Hydnophytum wilkinsonii, Horne. 1883.
This member of the Rubiaceae family was given this name by Guillaume Chomicki in 2016. It is found in Fiji on Viti Levu, Ovalau (and Solomon Islands?), growing epiphytic with some water and some to lots sun. The caudex might grow to 30 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant might grow to 50 centimetres in height. The flowers are white.

The genera name refers to the presence of fringed scales, or squamellae, which are produced within the petals in some species. The species name means 'lender flowered'.

See the key to the species of Squamellaria on the Squamellaria guppyana page.

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


The hairless form from Colo i Suva Forest Park near Suva, Viti Levu Island, Fiji. Photo by Derrick Rowe.


The hairless form from Colo i Suva Forest Park near Suva, Viti Levu Island, Fiji. Photo by Derrick Rowe.