On the other subspecies, Myrmecodia platytyrea subspecies
platytyrea, the shield shaped structures along the stem are
noticeably longer than wide.
Drawing by af Eleanor
This member of the Rubiaceae
family was described by Odoardo Beccari in 1884. It is found in the rainforests
of Papua New Guinea and Cape York, Australia. It is an epiphyte,
needs lots of water but not much sun. The caudex will grow to 20 centimetres in diameter, the stems can reach for
30 centimetres. The
flowers are white (15 or 16 mm long), and the plant can only be reproduced by
The genera name means 'ant
head'. The species name means 'wide' or 'flat' and turus
means 'tire' and then I lost it... It was intruduced by
Odoardo Beccari in
Malesia Raccolta ... 2: 115. 1884 - which I fail to understand
antoinii, Beccari 1884, has been moved to a subspecies of Myrmecodia platytyrea
by Huxley & Jebb in 1993.
A key to the genera is found
Myrmecodia alata page.