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Photo by Andreas Wistuba.

Massive plant by Andreas Wistuba.

Drawing by Eleanor Catherine.

Author:  E.D. Merrill & Lily May Perry, 1945
Origin:  Irian Jaya, Indonesia
Soil:  Rich Organic / Epiphytic
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  45 Centimetres
Height:  120 Centimetres
Flower:  White - Bluish
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  -
Synonyms:  -

This member of the Rubiaceae family was given this name by Elmer Drew Merrill and Lily May Perry in 1945. It is found in western part of Papay; Irian Jaya of Indonesia, growing in a well drained and rich soil or as an epiphyte with quite some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 45 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 120 centimetres in height. The flowers are white to slightly bluish.

The genera name means 'ant head'. The species name after Prof. Dr. Herman J. Lam, 1892-1977, a Dutch botanist.

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

As  epiphyte by Andreas Wistuba.

As  epiphyte by Andreas Wistuba.