Dischidia nummularia and companion guilds.

Dischidia nummularia and companion guilds.

Observation - Dischidia nummularia and companion guilds.. Description: The first two photos were taken in the Cairns Botanical Gardens where growth due to ample shade is particularly lush. The last two photos were taken in the wilds of the Hinchinbrook Channel swamps. Here the canopy is sparse thus plants become far more co

The first two photos were taken in the Cairns Botanical Gardens where growth due to ample shade is particularly lush. The next two photos were taken in the wilds of the Hinchinbrook Channel swamps. The last two photos were taken on Cape York Peninsula. All in North Queensland, Australia. Here the canopy is sparse, thus plants become far more compact, more succulent leafed and more dependent on true myrmecophytes for their survival. Edited. My initial experiences of D. nummularia were in Australia where there are no ant gardens. However, in southern Asia ant gardens are common and Dr Eve Kaufmann has reported that D. nummularia is a frequent component of the plant species adapted to these unique micro sites, thus they are inherently true mutualists.
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