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Added: 8th December 2012 Description:
One of the domed and imbricate (partly 'tiled') leafed species (section conchophyllum) that closely grasp tree bark thus creating homes for ants. The plants benefit from ant detritus thus the symbioses is mutualistic.
Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain. Notes: There is much work needed in Dischidia taxonomy.
Ecology. Dome shaped and often tiled leaves clasp trees creating domatia (little homes) for ant colonies.
Ants, especially symbiotic mutualist species deposit plant nutritious organic debris that helps to feed these epiphytes. Roots from juxtaposed nodes enter these hollows.
Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain. Notes: Dischidia milnei Hemsl. (William Botting Hemsley) in Annals of Botany. Oxford 5, p506, New Solomon Islands Plants (1891) (Ann. Bot. (Oxford)).
Another trunk clasping, shell leaved species from New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain. Notes: correct iSpot format - derrick.rowe's ID
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