ANT PLANT: Myrmecodia Tuberosa
This Ant Plant is an interesting and unusual epiphytic plant whose swollen base also provides housing for ants. Myrmecodia have thick unbranched stems with larger leaves. They are sometimes covered with unusual structures, called clypeoli (shield like structures surrounding each leaf base). Clypeoli may have spines to give the stem an armored appearance. These spines can be simple or branched.
The base of the stem develops into a tuber. The tuber is a brown or greyish color. There are entrance holes on the surface that connect to galleries inside the tuber. These galleries are split up. There are smooth walled galleries where ants live, and are protected.
The plants take advantage of the ant's waste products while the ants are thought to help protect the plant from predators
Ant plants are unique and will be an excellent companion plant to your carnivorous-, exotic- or orchid collection
- Collect from us:
- Established, potted plant
- Remember to bring a container for your plant's journey home
- Our procedure if sent via the courier:
- The plant will be sent potted as seen in the image - Current growing media Long fiber sphagnum moss, with horticultural perlite
- Upon receiving, unpack your plant carefully and choose a growing area with bright light. Being native to the tropics, these plants prefer warmer temperatures with high humidity. Ensure frequent watering to keep the growing media just moist without letting your plant dry out completely. Don't keep your plant standing in water for extended periods of time
Many growers successfully use a mix of peat and perlite, or a combination of long-fiber sphagnum moss, chopped fir bark, and perlite which is very open but retains moisture. The plants are watered when the mix is just barely moist, because sphagnum is difficult to re-wet if it is allowed to become bone dry.
Grow your plant in bright light with high humidity. These are tropical plants - avoid freezing temperatures
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