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Family: RUBIACEAE 

 Myrmecodia speciens
 

A young plant which have started developing the long spines.

  
Author:  ?
Family:  Rubiaceae
Habitat:  Mt Soputan, N Sulawesi, Indonesia
Soil:  No, Epiphytic
Water:  Medium-Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  40 Centimetres
Height:  60 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  -
Synonyms:  -

If you got an idea for a name, please E-m@il.me!

The small flower.

Still a young plant, around 30 centimetres in total.

Growing along Hoyas, ferns and orchids.

Older plant, 50 centimetres in total.

Giant plant! Caudex 40 centimetres in diameter, stems the same in length.

A cut through (not made by me), show the perfect ants nest.

  

I found this member of the Rubiaceae family in 2-400 meters height on Mt Soputan on Sulawesi in Indonesia. It grows on the stems of trees in rather open areas receiving quite some water in the wet months. It tend to sit underneath the canopy, protected from the direct sum. The caudex starts our smooth, but will develop thin spines up to two centimetres, almost resembling hairs on old plants. The caudex can grow to at least 40 centimetres in diameter with several stems. These stems can reach at least 50 centimetres. The tiny white flowers are, as for other Myrmecodias, develop in holes in the stem. The caudex are, as seen below, a perfect ants nest, and all plants I found had ants inside them.

Habitat on Mt. Soputan. A single tree left in agriculture fields.

A younger plant, starting to develop the spines.

A fruit, sitting in the protected hole.

Habitat, me fighting the ants. They won...