|Author: ||E.D. Merrill & Lily May Perry, 1945|
Central - Northern Papua New Guinea|
Epiphytic - Poor Soil|
This member of the Rubiaceae family
was given this name by Elmer Drew Merrill and Lily May Perry in 1945. It is found in
central to northern Papua New Guinea, growing as an
epiphyte or in poor soil with lots of water and some sun. The caudex can grow to
twelve centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to 60 centimetres in height. The flowers are white.
The genera name means 'ant head'. The
species name is from Greek sterros; stiff, firm, and Greek phyllon,
'leaf'. The name was introduced
by Elmer Drew Merrill & Lily May Perry in Journal of the Arnold Arboretum
26(1): 28–29. 1945, but that does not explain the name chosen.
to the genera of the HYDNOPHYTTNAE is found on the