A symbiotic mutualist, sometimes with ant inhabitants but often containing colonies of larger invertebrates such as cockroaches.
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Saw your post - had not come across these before - Is there a "beginner's guide to arboreal myrmecophytes" - the Wiki article is in German and translates as gibberish - worth a read for amusement only! Satellite of coppermine also impressive
Thanks for posting this interesting plant.
Link is for Mark.
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Thanks Janet - makes a lot more sense than garbled German
These are certainly among the most bizarre and unusual plants our planet contains yet they are almost unknown outside a tiny section of English speaking academia and the inhabitants of the tropical regions where these plants are often commonplace.
This free Internet journal (see page 54) has an introduction to some of the fascinating survival strategies of this diverse plant assemblage. http://www.cactusexplorers.org.uk/Explorer5/Cactus%20Explorer%205_comple...
Also an entire issue devoted to epiphytic myrmecophytes
See also, "Succulent Anthouse Epiphytes: A Brief Introduction. Xerophilia 1, pp62- 69.
There is also an ant plant group on Facebook but it has become more of a case of the blind leading the blind. Fortunately there is a very reliable site, with many world first images at http://myrmecodia.invisionzone.com/
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Near Panguna copper mine, Crown Prince Range above Arawa, Bougainville Island. northern Solomon islands.