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Photo by Andreas Wistuba.


Massive plant  by Andreas Wistuba.


Drawing by af Eleanor Catherine.

Author:  E.D. Merrill & Lily May Perry, 1945
Family:  RUBIACEAE
Origin:  Irian Jaya, Indonesia
Soil:  Rich Organic / Epiphytic
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  40 Centimetres
Height:  120 Centimetres
Flower:  Bluish White
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 40 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant to 120 centimetres in height. The flowers are slightly bluish white.

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.