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Dischidia major (& a small segment of D. nummularia upper right).

Observed: 11th September 2008 By: derrick.rowederrick.rowe’s reputation in Plants
IMG_0087 Dischidia major & D. nummularia.

The free online Cactus Explorers journal #5, page 54, has an excellent introduction to the fascinating survival strategies of these weird symbiotic mutualists.
The button leaves upper right belong to D. nummularia a frequent semi parasite of the ant & plant mutualism in Australia. However, D. nummularia is a frequent inhabitant of ant gardens in south Asia where it is perforce a mutualist because co-evolved ant species are attracted to its seed by olfactory lures. The ants place them in their arboreal ant-carton nests where they germinate and grow alongside other similarly co-evolved plants, thus creating what are called arboreal ant-gardens.

    Likely ID
    rattle skulls (Dischidia major (Synonym D. rafflesiana.))
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
  • Rattle Skulls (or Sculls) (Dischida major)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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