Myrmecodia Tuberosa (Ant Plant)

Myrmecodia Tuberosa (Ant Plant)

$128.00 inc. GST

Pot Size: Approx. 12cm(Ø) x 8cm(H)

Overall Height approximately 32cm

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Myrmecodia Tuberosa (Ant Plant)

  • Myrmecodia tuberosa is widely distributed throughout SE Asia and N. Australia.
  • Unlike its close relative Hydnophytum, it is armed with spines that concentrate at its caudex.
  • However, its most effective mode of protection is its tenant – the ants.
  • Mind you these are certainly not the docile critters we are familiar with – they earn their keep!
  • It has been reported by Maschwitz et al that ants from genus Cladomyrma would linger more than an hour on the body of an unfortunate botanist.
  • It will inflict painful bites that resulted in red itchy dots for days.
  • Its means of protection is so effective that even pollinators are deterred – its small tubular white flowers being self-pollinating.
  • The berries may be dispersed by the ants themselves but their bright orange color also attract birds like flowerpeckers which can take them in mid-flight.
  • Throughout its range, both Myrmecodia tuberosa and Hydnophytum formicarum are consumed by local communities for medical purposes.
  • The water boiled with the whole plant is taken as a tonic for the liver, heart, digestive system as well as a wide range of ailments like cancer, hepatitis, and rheumatism.
SOIL
  • 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) to 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic).
FERTILIZER
  • It doesn’t really need fertilizer but you should change the planting media every year.
  • If you wish, apply a diluted by half liquid plant food when you water beginning in spring and stopping by September.
LIGHT
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade.
WATER
  • Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings.

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