plant at the foot of Mt. Soputan on Sulawesi.
Bingham Copeland 1929
Epiphytic, but do fine in a light mix
Polypodium lomarioides Kunze ex Mett. 1856. Might now
be: Myrmecopteris lomarioides (Kunze ex Mett.)
Pic. Serm. 1977
Habitat photo by Morten
Pedersen while I did some close-ups.
This member of the
Polypodiaceae family was
given this name by Edwin Bingham Copeland in 1929. It is found in
the lowlands of northern Sulawesi; Indonesia, growing on the stems
of old trees, but it will do fine in a well
drained and soil with some to lots of water and some to full sun. The rhizomes
will grow to five centimetres, forming clusters reaching 30
centimetres or more. The leaves reach 30 centimetres.
The ants are
defending their home fearsly, and are real annoying when you are
climbing their tree for photos.
The caudex are appearing
real scaly, and it is hollow, forming the perfect ant nest.
The ants protect the plant and bring nutrition to it.