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Family: RUBIACEAE 

 Squamellaria grayi
 


Mature plant by Guillaume Chomicki.

  
Author:  Guillaume Chomicki & Andreas Wistuba 2016
Family:  Rubiaceae
Habitat:  Fiji
Soil:  Epiphytic
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  25-40 Centimetres
Height:  50 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Reproduction:  Seeds
Pop names:  Ant Plant
Synonyms:  -


Young seedling. Photo by Guillaume Chomicki.

   This member of the Rubiaceae family was given this name by Guillaume Chomicki and Andreas Wistuba in 2016. It is found in Fiji, known from the vicinity of Lavena on Taveuni, where it grows in forest at sea level, and from Waisali forest reserve in Central Vanua Levu, where it grows at low elevations. It is an epiphyte, and it receive quite some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to 25 centimetres in diameter, 40 centimetres long, the entire plant to 50 centimetres in height. The flowers are white.

Named in honour of the American botanist Asa Gray,  who described the first Squamellaria.