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Family: POLYPODIACEAE 

 Lecanopteris lomarioides
 

Found this plant at the foot of Mt. Soputan on Sulawesi.

  
Author:  Edwin Bingham Copeland 1929
Family:  Polypodiaceae
Habitat:  Northern Sulawesi
Soil:  No, Epiphytic, but do fine in a light mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  30 Centimetres
Flower:  No, brown spores
Reproduction:  Seeds/Rhizomes
Pop names:  Ant Fern
Synonyms:  Polypodium lomarioides Kunze ex Mett. 1856.
Might now be: Myrmecopteris lomarioides (Kunze ex Mett.) Pic. Serm. 1977

Habitat photo by Morten Pedersen while I did some close-ups.

   This member of the Polypodiaceae family was given this name by Edwin Bingham Copeland in 1929. It is found in the lowlands of northern Sulawesi; Indonesia, growing on the stems of old trees, but it will do fine in a well drained and soil with some to lots of water and some to full sun. The rhizomes will grow to five centimetres, forming clusters reaching 30 centimetres or more. The leaves reach 30 centimetres.

The ants are defending their home fearsly, and are real
annoying when you are climbing their tree for photos.

The caudex are appearing real scaly,
and it is hollow, forming the perfect ant nest.
The ants protect the plant and bring nutrition to it.